Pacnet upgrades capacity on EAC-C2C

APRIL 8, 2009 -- Upgrades almost double capacity on EAC-C2C, making it Asia Pacific's highest-capacity subsea cable network.

APRIL 8, 2009 -- Asia-Pacific telecom service provider Pacnet (search Lightwave for Pacnet) has completed its first phase of network upgrades that almost double the capacity on Asia Pacific's highest-capacity subsea cable network, EAC-C2C.

"With the completion of the first phase of our planned upgrades for EAC-C2C, we have almost doubled our capacity by adding over 3,200 Gbps of capacity across our network," says Bill Barney, chief executive officer of Pacnet. "These upgrades across various segments of our network have enabled us to meet growing intra-Asia bandwidth demand, and are key to enabling the new breed of bandwidth-hungry applications, especially video."

According to the latest research from TeleGeography (search Lightwave for TeleGeography), EAC-C2C now has the highest lit capacity among subsea cable networks in the Asia-Pacific region. "Our research also indicates that EAC-C2C has the highest potential capacity in the region," says Alan Mauldin, research director at TeleGeography. "Capacity upgrades to cables such as EAC-C2C are vital to support the strong demand for intra-Asia bandwidth. We forecast the lit capacity requirements in the region to triple by 2012."

"To support this aggressive growth in demand for bandwidth, we have committed investments to continue on the next phase of upgrades on our core network asset, EAC-C2C. This is already underway and will entail adding more than 2,000 Gbps of capacity across our network," says Wilfred Kwan, chief technology officer of Pacnet.

The latest upgrades have increased EAC-C2C's capacity across all locations where it lands, namely China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan. "Some key locations such as Hong Kong have had capacity more than doubled to meet the increasing intra-Asia traffic that we are carrying on our network," adds Kwan.

"Together with our upgrades to our terrestrial backhaul links between our cable landing stations and our points of presence, we are able to offer city-to-city high-bandwidth connectivity to support latency-sensitive applications such as streaming video," he says.

EAC-C2C utilizes the latest automatically switched optical network (ASON) technology that enables features such as meshed protection on the optical layer, auto-provisioning, and optimized routing of traffic. Coupled with at least two landing points into all locations, EAC-C2C provides a resilient network and diverse route to run mission-critical business applications.

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