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Far EasTone boosts Pacnet's Taiwan network

Anuradha Shukla | April 1, 2011
International connectivity increased through Pacnet's subsea network.

SHENZHEN, CHINA, 1 APRIL 2011- Pacnet and Far EasTone have teamed up to increase Taiwan's network connectivity and resiliency.

For this project, Far EasTone will provide additional terrestrial connectivity between Pacnet's PoPs and the cable landing stations in Taiwan where EAC-C2C lands.

This will also boost Far EasTone's international connectivity through Pacnet's subsea network.

Pacnet notes that its EAC-C2C is Asia's largest privately-owned submarine cable network of 36,800 km. This network lands at 18 cable landing stations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan and boasts a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing nations.

"Internet connectivity has proven to be an important means of communications in times of natural disasters," said Bill Barney, chief executive officer, Pacnet. "As part of our continuous upgrades to increase the capacity and resiliency of our network infrastructure, we are partnering Far EasTone to upgrade and deliver additional capacity between the cable landing stations where EAC-C2C lands in Taiwan.

"At the same time, this will also help raise the resiliency of Taiwan's international network connectivity."

Optimized network connectivity

 Optimized network connectivity is required for smooth communications and this capacity boost between the cable landing stations enables this by the addition of even more capacity for Pacnet's fully meshed EAC-C2C network.

Now the traffic is re-routed to bypass congested or impacted segments of the network, and this delivers high network connectivity.

"In addition to providing Pacnet with interconnectivity between the cable landing stations in Taiwan, we are also building additional capacity into the cable landing stations at Tanshui and Fangshan and increasing network capacity between the North and South of Taiwan to boost network resiliency," said Jeffey Gee, chief strategic officer and chief technical officer of Far EasTone and president of NCIC. "Our investment in the TSE-1 subsea cable, which will land in Tanshui, will further enhance international connectivity to meet Taiwan's growing bandwidth demands."

"Taiwan is a key hub for EAC-C2C, and is also a strategic location for us to deliver connectivity to Mainland China through our existing landing points in Shanghai and Qingdao," said Johnson Tsai, general manager of Pacnet's Taiwan operations.

"Following the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), we have seen a growing demand for Cross-Strait connectivity to support the corresponding growth in investments. We are looking forward to growing our Cross-Strait capacity when enhanced Cross-Strait telecommunications links become a reality in the near future."



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