FLAG Telecom has announced that it has won a multi-million dollar contract for 2×10Gbps of bandwidth from Taiwan’s incumbent fixed line operator Chunghwa Telecom. Under the terms of the open tender contract, FLAG will provide full circuit, high quality connectivity to carry large volumes of voice, data and Internet traffic between Taiwan and the West Coast of the United States on behalf of the Taiwan Academic Network, known as TANET. TANET connects four academic sites across Taiwan; TANET traffic will be carried from their LAN to the FLAG landing station in Taiwan by Chunghwa. The additional connectivity is being predominantly driven by the continuing rapid growth of bandwidth-hungry Internet applications in East Asia. FLAG Telecom will provide bandwidth on its FLAG North Asia Loop (FNAL) system between Taiwan and Japan, where the FLAG cable network seamlessly connects with VSNL International’s Trans-Pacific cable network. This will provide Trans-Pacific connectivity from Japan to the Equinix facility in Los Angeles and to the PAIX international Internet exchange in Palo Alto, California.