SINGAPORE, 7 DECEMBER 2009 - US telecom giant AT&T has expanded its network capacity in the Asia Pacific through its participation in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) consortium.
This consortium comprises major global telecommunication companies focused on building an undersea cable system connecting Southeast Asia and the United States. A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed in June 2006 and last week this consortium completed the 20,000 km AAG submarine cable network's comprehensive testing.
The AAG can now begin carrying commercial traffic providing much-awaited direct access and diverse routing between two regions.
Protection from natural disasters
According to AT&T's officials, the new two-terabits-per-second fibre optic submarine cable network is the first cable system to directly link Southeast Asia and the United States.
Several users were waiting for a change from traditional cable routes between Southeast Asia, Hawaii and mainland US. These users can also look forward to uninterrupted access to broadband connectivity shielded from the effects of natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
The consortium has worked towards southerly routing of the cable, which means it has more chances of surviving damages from disastrous earthquakes that previously wrecked submarine cable systems. This damage caused setback to many businesses that depended on cables for communication with international clients.
More capacity in the Asia Pacific
Mary Anne Hicks, vice president, international networking engineering, AT&T, noted that her company is the only US carrier involved in the AAG consortium and expressed AT&T's excitement at the opportunity to offer its customers more capacity and route diversity in the Asia Pacific.
AT&T's is a busy network carrying more than 18 petabytes of IP and data traffic on an average business day. The company is expecting even busier times ahead and Hicks said AT&T's participation in cable networks such as the AAG helps it to continually expand capacity for its customers' growing global communications requirements.
According to AT&T's officials, the new cable connects at AT&T landing stations in Guam, Hawaii and Southern California. The AAG cable provides more direct connectivity to Asian markets via landing stations in the Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
This cable also connects Australia and India via common landing points along its undersea route.
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