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NTT Communications opens gateway into Asia Pacific with new undersea network cable

07 Nov 16

NTT Communications' Asia Pacific Gateway was launched last week, bringing together Asian countries through a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable network.

The 14,000-kilometre-long Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) cable will boost data transmission capacity, improve connectivity and improve redundancy across all of Asia, including key network points in Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The cable was designed to connect to hubs away from areas prone to earthquakes and typhoons.

The APG will leverage 100Gbps optical transmission and technology that will deliver more than 54 Tbps, the highest amount of any network in Asia.

To build the APG, NTT Communications partnered with major telecommunication carriers in each country.

NTT Com has also connected Japan and the United States with the Pacific Crossing-1 (PC-1) submarine cable, designed to service the 'diverse' north and south routes in Washington and California.

Since 2012, the company has also heavily implemented its Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE) to service Hong Kong, Singapore and the northern Washington point in the United States.

The company states that with these cables, it operates 'totally diverse' cable routes between the west coast of the United States and Asian economic hubs. This is to ensure greater reliability and redundancy in its global network. 

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