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StarHub joins regional submarine cable venture

STARHUB has joined eight other regional operators for a new undersea cable project to boost high-speed data connectivity within Asia.

The group plans to build an 8,000 km fibre-optic cable system across the Asia-Pacific region linking Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, mainland China, Japan and Korea.

The venture, called the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), will use Wavelength Division Multiplexing – a technology to increase bandwidth over fibre-optic links – to provide connectivity speeds of four terabits per second and beyond across the various countries.

The APG is expected to be operational by 2011 but the required investment is unclear as the project is still in the planning stage, a StarHub spokeswoman said.

StarHub’s partners in the venture are: Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, China Telecom, China Unicom, Korea’s KT Corporation, Japan’s NTT Communications, PLDT from the Philippines, Telekom Malaysia and Vietnam’s VNPT.

‘In anticipation of expected exponential growth in bandwidth demand, especially with Singapore’s Next-Gen National Broadband Network in place within the next few years, the additional capacity provided by the APG will expand and enhance StarHub’s international connectivity offering,’ the company’s chief operating officer Tan Tong Hai said.

The new undersea cable will also help avert disruptions if existing submarine cable systems such as the APCN2 (The Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) and AAG (Asia-America Gateway) are damaged in an accident or a natural disaster, he added.

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