Vietnamese telecoms provider EVN Telecom has officially launched the intra-Asia submarine cable system (IACS), local news source Viet Nam News reports. The 6,800km system connects Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. In Vietnam, the system links into the national network in the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. The entire regional project, headed by India’s Tata Communications Group, cost around USD200 million and has initial capacity of 320Gbps. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, EVN Telecom announced in June 2008 that it would spend around USD30 million to connect to the cable system. The following January Hong Kong’s Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to interconnect EVN Telecom’s newly purchased capacity on the IA submarine cable system with HGC’s network. EVN Telecom’s deputy director, Vo Quang Lam, said that IACS is one of the largest cable systems in Vietnam, adding that it will allow EVN Telecom to cut costs and directly connect with other major cable stations such as the TGN Pacific.