NTT Communications Corporation and NEC Corporation are among a group of telecom carriers and vendors that recently announced they signed a contract for the construction and maintenance of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), an undersea cable network that is scheduled to launch by June 2014 with a total design capacity of 54.8 terabit-per-second (Tbps).
The APG system is designed for a transmission speed of 40 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) and can accommodate 100 Gbps wavelength technology, utilizing the Digital Coherent detection and OADM (Optical Add-Drop Multiplexing) technologies, says NTT Com.
The total length is expected to be 10,400km, linking 11 key landing stations, including China Mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. APG is expected to meet the demand for intra-Asia connectivity between South East Asia and North Asia.
Other participating carriers include Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation, China Telecom , China Unicom , Telecom Malaysia, VNPT, Starhub, PLDT and others. The cabling route was chosen carefully to avoid damage from natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons, says NTT Com .
Demands for international broadband communications are increasing among both enterprises and consumers in the Asian region, reflecting the ongoing expansion of markets and growing use of cloud services . Demands are also increasing for redundant networks that can help enterprises ensure business continuity by minimizing the effects on their communications due to network damage.
“There is tremendous investment going on in Asia as Enterprises expand. Manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial verticals continue to invest and grow their IT infrastructures to keep pace with their own customer requirements,” says an NTT Com spokesperson.
NTT Com plans to operate its portion of the network with both IPv4 and IPv6  protocols.
NTT Com has participated in the construction of an undersea cable network, named the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), to enhance its provision of global network services and cloud services in the Asian region. The cable will be launched by June 2012 with 40 Gbps wavelength technology and the capability to incorporate 100 Gbps technology in the future.