NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced that the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable network connecting regions and countries in the Asia, is ready for service.
APG has been a long time in the making. The project was first commissioned in 2009, but has faced delays due in part to several consortium members also committing to other regional subsea cable projects, including Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and the South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC).
Apart from NTT Com, current consortium members include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Facebook (yes, Facebook), KT Corp, LG Uplus, StarHub, Time dotcom-owned Global Transit (which took over from Telekom Malaysia, who dropped out of the APG in 2012), Viettel and VNPT.
NTT Com says the APG will increase data transmission capacity in the Asian region, improve connectivity between various regions and countries and improve redundancy by means of diverse routing.
With a total length of 10,400 km, the APG network leverages 100-Gbps optical transmission capabilities and digital coherent technology to deliver a capacity of more than 54 Tbps, the highest of any network in Asia thus far.
The cable routing avoids areas prone to earthquakes and typhoons, and has connectivity points in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
For its part, NTT Com has established two diverse landing points, one in the east and the other in the west of Japan for the APG and Pacific Crossing-1 (PC-1) submarine cable which connects between Japan and the US having diverse route such as north and south routes. The company has also implemented diverse landing points in Hong Kong and Singapore for the APG and for the Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE), which was launched in August 2012.
NTT Com thereby operates totally diverse cable routes between the US West Coast and key economic hubs in Asia regions, offering even greater reliability and redundancy in its global network.