Alcatel-Lucent and the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable consortium have signed a contract to upgrade the AAG system, covering the route from the Philippines to the US. The upgrade to the 20,000km undersea network will add multi-terabit data capacity to cope with the rapid expansion of data traffic in countries along its route, while rapidly increasing its capability to meet cloud service requirements, the vendor’s press release states.
AAG connects Malaysia to the US via Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US west coast. At launch in 2009, the cable was the first terabit submarine network between south-east Asia and the US, being designed initially for an ultimate capacity of 1.92Tbps. The advanced coherent technology to be used for the latest upgrade will deliver a capability to upgrade the system to over 8Tbps. AAG was originally deployed by Alcatel-Lucent and NEC under a contract awarded in 2007, and it was upgraded a first time in 2011 by Mitsubishi.