Asean's first ATM broadband network launched

SingTel announced today that Acasia Communications, an alliance of telecommunications operators in theAssociation of South East Asian Nations (Asean), has launched the first Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) broadband network in Asean.

New ATM backbone network provides the mega-highway to carry broadband traffic within Asean and beyond.

SINGAPORE - SingTel announced today that Acasia Communications, an alliance of telecommunications operators in the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), has launched the first Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) broadband network in Asean.

This US$15 million network can operate at speeds of up to 45 Megabits per second.

ATM is a high-speed, cell-based switching technology that integrates voice, text, data, image and video on a single platform. This technology is expected to transport huge volumes of Intranet, Internet and Extranet data in the future.

Besides broadband ATM service, the new network will also enable Acasia's member companies to offer Internet Protocol-Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) services soon as an added means to meet both their customers' Intranet and Extranet requirements.

Researchers have estimated that the ATM market in Asia will reach US$1.53 billion a year by 2002, and this new network aims to capture a large slice of that business.

"This new ATM network will allow SingTel's ConnectPlus customers to enjoy enhanced coverage to the key Asia-Pacific destinations, as well as to the US and Europe," said Lim Shyong, SingTel executive vice president (Global Business).

SingTel ConnectPlus suite of managed data services includes International Leased Circuits, Frame Relay and Internet Protocol.

About Acasia Communications
Launched in June 1997, Acasia is Asean's only telecommunications alliance. Besides SingTel, the other members of Acasia are the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT), PT Indosat of Indonesia, Jabatan Telekom Brunei (JTB), The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Telekom Malaysia (TM).