Nine Asia-Pacific telecoms companies have announced the formation of a new consortium for the construction of a new regional undersea cable system dubbed the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG). Backed by NTT Com (of Japan), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), KT Corp (South Korea), PLDT (Philippines), TOT (Thailand), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia) and VNPT (Vietnam), the new 8,000km cable will connect Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The APG will have a minimum design capacity of four terabits per second and will be ready for service in 2011.
TeleGeography’s research director Alan Mauldin says the new cable is a sure sign that the telcos are confident of future demand for bandwidth. ‘As potential capacity on APCN-2 dwindles, the consortium members feel a new system is needed to avoid sourcing all of their future demand requirements on private cable systems, like EAC-C2C, FLAG/REACH NAL, or TGN-Intra Asia.’ According to TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service, the APCN-2 cable is currently operating at just 15% of its potential capacity.