StarHub joins consortium to build Asia-US submarine cable link

27 Apr 2007

Singaporean telecoms firm StarHub has joined a consortium made up of 17 companies – including AT&T, India’s Bharti, BT Global Network Services, the Government of Brunei Darussalam, PT Indosat, Telstra, Telkom Indonesia and Telekom Malaysia – to build a high-bandwidth optical fibre submarine cable system linking the Southeast Asia region directly to the US. It is estimated the project, called the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), will cost about USD500 million to complete and will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2008. The 20,000km cable system will link ten locations in eight countries across the Asia-Pacific region, namely Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast. A consortium comprising Alcatel-Lucent and NEC has been awarded the contract to construct the AAG cable system.