NTT Communications Corp. reports that the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) will be extended to Cambodia to provide reliable, high-capacity communication infrastructure for the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the Mekong region.
The extension is based on an agreement that NTT Com has reached with Chuan Wei (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. Under the agreement, NTT Com will lay Cambodia’s first submarine cable.
Located in the middle of the Southern Economic Corridor stretching from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia is experiencing rapid economic growth. Global companies are investing in Cambodia to take advantage of government incentives for foreign investment. In turn, the need for reliable, high-capacity networks is rising to meet the increasing communication demands of locally based multinational companies.
NTT Com says the ASE will provide reliable, high-capacity communications connecting Cambodia and other countries in the Greater Mekong sub-region with major locations elsewhere in Asia, including Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore
Originally constructed by a consortium including NTT Com, Telekom Malaysia, PLDT, and StarHub, the ASE has a total length of approximately 7800 km and a design capacity of 15 Tbps (see “NTT Com to launch Asia Submarine-cable Express”). The ASE submarine cable is routed away from the Bashi Channel and the south coast of Taiwan, areas that frequently experience earthquakes and typhoons. The ASE also takes the shortest route of any submarine cable connecting Japan to Hong Kong and Singapore, the companies claim.
NTT Com says it continues to upgrade and expand its global submarine network infrastructure, including the introduction of a 100-Gbps optical transmission system incorporating digital coherent transmission technology. In addition, the company is expanding its number of ASE connection points and Nexcenter global data centers in Southeast Asia to provide high-quality network, data center, and cloud services in end-to-end one-stop solutions.
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