August 10, 2012
NTT Com's Asia Submarine-cable Express to Offer Lowest Latency Network between Tokyo and Singapore
By Rajani Baburajan
The Asia Submarine-cable Express is a 40-gigabit-per-second (Gbps), ultra-low latency undersea cable connecting major cities in Asia.
With this launch, NTT Com will be able to offer an enhanced global leased line service, by incorporating ASE’s low-latency routes into its existing Arcstar Global Leased Line Service. It will also incorporate ASE into the backbone of its Tier-1 global IP network.
The network leverages ASE’s Japan-Singapore connection and offers latency of less than 65 milliseconds latency. It is more than three milliseconds faster than routes via other subsea cables. The cable network will help NTT Com boost the capacity of its network and strengthen the redundancy of its Asian cable networks, company officials said.
The Submarine-cable Express will offer superior service between Asia and the U.S., offering attractive opportunities for financial enterprises such as high-frequency trading firms that cannot afford latency related issues in their transactions.
ASE will incorporate 100 Gbps optical technology and have a total carrying capacity exceeding 15 terabits per second (Tbps) a total length of about 7,800 km, and special designs to withstand earthquake and typhoon damage.
The cable system is constructed in partnership with Malaysia-based Telekom Malaysia (News - Alert), Philippines-based PLDT and Singapore-based StarHub. Initially the cable system will have landing points in Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, and will add Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2013.
The direct connection between Japan and Singapore will enable customers in these countries to use NTT Com’s network, data centers and cloud services on an end-to-end, one-stop basis. The cable system is also connected directly to the Serangoon Data Center in Singapore and later will also connect to the Hong Kong Financial Data Centre.
In another recent development NTT announced it has extended partnership with BizLink, a provider of global collaboration services, to collaborate for providing Japanese businesses customers with advanced video conferencing solutions.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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