India Business
Asia-America gateway to be built
Apr 30, 2007 - 4:08:23 PM

Mumbai, April 30 - Global leaders of the telecommunications industry including Bharti Airtel, one of India's biggest telecom services providers, signed a construction and maintenance agreement in Kuala Lumpur recently to build the first high bandwidth optical fibre submarine cable system linking South East Asia and the United States.

The cable system, known as the Asia-America Gateway -, will be built at a cost of about $560 million.

The cable project is spearheaded by 17 telecommunications companies: AiTi, AT&T, BayanTel, Bharti, BT Global Network Services, CAT Telecom, ETPI, Maxis, PCP Company Ltd, PLDT, Saigon Postal Corp, StarHub, Telekom Malaysia, Telstra, TNZL, Viettel and VNPT.

The supply contract for the construction of the AAG cable system was signed between the AAG and the consortium of ASN-NEC Corp in Kuala Lumpur also last week.

David Nishball, president Enterprise Services, Airtel, said: 'Our partnership in AAG cable system reinforces our commitment to invest in state-of-the-art technologies for providing scalable and future proof solutions for our international customers.

'This investment is in line with our strategy to extend our international footprint and focus on connecting our customers in India to Asia and the Americas. While our existing i2i and SeMeWe4 cable systems already provide connectivity across the globe, the AAG cable system will help offer increased redundancy and resilient networks, while meeting the increasing demands of voice, private data and internet traffic,' he said, a company release said Monday.

The AAG cable system is designed to provide 1.92 Tbps - using the field-proven Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing - technology to provide upgradeable, future proof transmission facilities that support Internet and e-commerce.

The AAG cable system will compliment existing high bandwidth cable systems in the region. It will provide the much-needed diversity against traditional routes to the US, mainly carrying broadband traffic.

This is important as recent earthquakes took out almost all cable systems in the region. The AAG cable system, with its large bandwidth and high quality transmission technology, will meet the present and future burgeoning growth in telecommunications traffic.

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