High-capacity cable addresses Asia data boom

Construction is complete on a major cable system linking several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. NEC and Fujitsu have built all initially planned segments of the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) system, a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that extends across approximately 7,800 km to link Japan with the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. 

NTT Communications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Telekom Malaysia Berhad, and StarHub Limited placed an order for the new system in January 2011. Using cables and repeaters provided by NEC, the ASE system provides high capacity, 40Gbps per wave services to major cities across East and Southeast Asia.

Employing the latest 40Gbps digital coherent optical transmissions technology, the ASE will ensure communications capacity that can sufficiently accommodate surging Internet data traffic in Asian countries, as well as growing data traffic resulting from the rapid spread of smart devices. In addition, plans are in place to utilize the system to provide high-quality and low-latency dedicated line service that can also be leveraged for the carriers' cloud services.

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