Alcatel and NEC to deploy AAG cable

30 Apr 2007

French vendor Alcatel-Lucent and Japanese supplier NEC will jointly deploy the Asia America Gateway (AAG), the first direct terabit submarine cable network between south-east Asia and the United States. Spanning over 20,000 km with a capacity of 1.92Tbps, AAG will link Malaysia to the US west coast via Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii. The contract that will see the cable laid is worth approximately USD500 million and was signed by a consortium formed by ten parties including the Government of Brunei, AT&T (USA), Bharti (India), CAT (Thailand), PLDT (Philippines), Telkom (Indonesia), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telstra (Australia), StarHub (Singapore) and VNPT (Vietnam). The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2008.