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S'pore gets first direct link to US

Singapore carrier StarHub launches Asia-America gateway, laying first undersea cable between country and United States, offering 1.92 Tbps of bandwidth.
Written by Victoria Ho, Contributor on

SINGAPORE--StarHub today launched the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), the first undersea cable linking Singapore directly to the United States.

The cable system carries a bandwidth of 1.92 Terabits per second (Tbps) and was built with a 19-member consortium, at the cost of US$500 million, and will be ready for service in January 2010, said StarHub.

Speaking at the launch here Tuesday, StarHub CEO Terry Clontz said the AAG would offer wholesale and business customers more choices in selecting the connectivity providers they want to work with.

Singapore-based Datacraft Asia signed a partnership agreement as the AAG's systems integrator to offer connectivity to enterprise customers, said Clontz.

The country's Minister of State for Trade, Industry and Manpower Lee Yi Shyan, said at the launch that the cable system would help raise Singapore's attractiveness as a digital hub for foreign investment.

It would help bring down the cost of connectivity services and provide an extra point of redundancy for the region, in the event of disruptions to other cables, Lee said.

In August, countries in the Asia-Pacific region suffered cut or sluggish Internet connection when the APCN2 cable system was damaged due to Typhoon Morakot.

In a separate announcement today, another cable operator Pacnet unveiled plans to establish a new submarine cable system. The West Asia Crossing (WAC), to be completed in 2012, will connect India directly to Southeast Asia at two landing points in Singapore and Malaysia.

Pacnet said in a statement the WAC would provide redundancy to the carrier's existing EAC-C2C system, carrying bandwidth capacities of 6Tbps to 8Tbps, and would be built at an estimated cost of US$150 million.

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