Fujitsu, NEC to construct Asia Submarine-cable Express

JANUARY 31, 2011 -- Fujitsu Ltd. (TSE 6702) and NEC Corp. (TSE6701) have signed an agreement with NTT Communications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., StarHub Ltd., and Telekom Malaysia Berhad to construct the Asia Submarine-cable Express system, an optical submarine cable system that will link Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

JANUARY 31, 2011 -- Fujitsu Ltd. (TSE 6702) and NEC Corp. (TSE6701) have signed an agreement with NTT Communications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., StarHub Ltd., and Telekom Malaysia Berhad to construct the Asia Submarine-cable Express system, an optical submarine cable system that will link Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

The ASE submarine cable network is designed for a transmission speed of 40 Gbps. The ASE is intended to meet the demand for intra-Asia connectivity between South East Asia and North Asia.

"NEC is proud to be the supplier for the ASE, a 40G state-of-the-art long-haul system, incorporating OADM technologies that will provide additional connectivity and capacity between regions of Asia and the world that increasingly require more bandwidth," said Junji Yasui, executive vice president at NEC.

"Fujitsu is honored to be a part of the ASE and to deliver one of the key elements of the system, featuring newest technologies, which enables higher speed, larger capacity, and ultra-long transmission. Fujitsu commits itself to continue to contribute, with industry leading technologies, to fulfill strong demands for more capacity in cloud computing society" said Hideyuki Saso, corporate senior executive vice president at Fujitsu.

Overall project management will be carried out jointly by the Fujitsu and NEC consortium. The manufacture and installation of all submersible plants such as repeaters, OADM branching units and cables, power feeding equipment, and submersible plant monitoring system will be implemented by NEC. The manufacture and installation of submarine line terminal equipment and the management controller will be implemented by Fujitsu.

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