Thursday, 22 October 2009

Asia – America Gateway Cable System

I was looking up on submarine communication cables linking the country for my lesson and I stumbled upon this:

"A consortium of major international telecommunications entities today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to plan and develop a proposal to build an international undersea cable system linking South East Asia with the United States of America (USA).

These entities, all experienced telecommunication entities with a ready customer base in their respective domestic markets, include AiTi of Brunei Darussalam, CAT Telecom (Thailand), PLDT (Philippines), REACH (Hong Kong), StarHub (Singapore), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia) and VNPT (Vietnam). The proposed undersea cable system will be called the Asia – America Gateway and it will route between Malaysia and the USA via Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii, with branches into Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam." - Read more or view picture of the cable links here. (The proposal was finalised in 2006)

And, here's another article that discusses the topic in more detail including "$550-million Asia-America Gateway fiber-optic cable project is expected to boost Guam's telecommunications services with Asia, North America and the rest of the world." - Stella f. Arnaldo, July 3, 2009

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