NTT Com to launch low latency undersea cable in Asia
By Asia Cloud Forum editors 09-Aug-2012
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) will on August 20 start to operate a low latency undersea cable at 40Gbps that connects Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Called the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), the undersea cable will eventually incorporate 100 Gbps optical technology. It will carry a total capacity exceeding 15 terabits per second (Tbps), a total length of about 7,800 km, with special designs to withstand earthquake and typhoon damage.
NTT Com is the major investor in the cable system, which has been constructed in cooperation with Malaysia-based Telekom Malaysia, Philippines-based PLDT and Singapore-based StarHub.
The cable has landing points in Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, and will add Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2013. The route between Japan and Singapore covers the shortest distance to maximize reliability and minimize latency.
The cable will later connect directly to the Serangoon Data Center in Singapore, and also connect to NTT Com's Hong Kong Financial Data Centre. This direct connection will help deliver NTT Com's network, data centers and cloud services on one-stop basis.
Global leased line service
Starting August 20, 2012, NTT Com will offer an enhanced global leased line service by incorporating ASE's low-latency routes into its existing Arcstar Global Leased Line Service. The newly enhanced service leverages ASE's Japan-Singapore connection with less than 65 milliseconds latency.
Existing US-Japan routes also will be used, including the NTT Com's own PC-1 cable which offers the lowest latency connection between Tokyo and Chicago, home of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, enabling high-frequency trading firms to issue huge numbers of transaction orders for financial products instantaneously.
To directly connect NTT Com to the world's major internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers, NTT Com will this month incorporate ASE into the backbone of its Tier-1 global IP network, followed by its cloud-based network service Arcstar Universal One in the near future.