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Telecoms firm sign Asia-Pacific undersea cable deal

Posted on: May 31, 2009


Reuters – Thursday, May 28

MANILA, May 27 – A consortium of Asia-Pacific telecoms operators have agreed to begin a study for an undersea cable system spanning the region, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co <TEL.PS> said on Wednesday.

Aside from PLDT, the Asia-Pacific Gateway project involves Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom <2412.TW> <CHT.N>, China Telecom <0728.HK>, China Unicom <0762.HK>, Korea’s KT Corporation <030200.KS>; Japan’s NTT Communications <9432.T>, Telekom Malaysia <TLMM.KL> and VNPT of Vietnam.

The planned cable system, for operation by 2011, would span about 8,000 kilometres and would use the latest dense wavelength division multiplexing technologies with a minimum design capacity of 4 terabits per second, PLDT said in a statement.

“The proposed cable system has the potential to provide an alternative route and or restoration paths to existing cable systems in the region as it is designed to provide a high-degree of interconnectivity with existing and planned high bandwidth systems,” the statement said.

PLDT said the cost of the project was still under study.

PLDT, along with other Asian and U.S.-based telecoms operators, is also building a $550-million fibre optic cable network spanning 20,000 kilometres to connect the region with U.S. territories in the Pacific and West Coast.

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