Asia-America gateway cable network goes live

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2009 12:53 PM | Updated as of Nov 11 2009 10:56 PM

MANILA - The comprehensive test requirement of the 20,000-kilometer Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network has already been completed, enabling it to carry commercial traffic, according to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT).

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, PLDT said the fully-operational AAG cable network is the first cable system to directly link Southeast Asia and the United States.

Specifically, AAG will connect Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong, and the Philippines to Guam, Hawaii, and California.

PLDT is a member of the AAG consortium, which was formed in 2007. Other local members of the consortium include Bayan Telecommunications Inc. and Eastern Telecommunications Philippines Inc.

The AAG cable network has an initial equipped capacity of 500 Gigabits per second (Gbps), which can be upgraded. PLDT said the cable system has been designed to avoid geographically hazardous areas with known seismic activities, increasing the reliability of traffic between Southeast Asia and the US.

"The AAG cable network will more than double the PLDT Group's capacity to more than 250 Gbps, improve resilience and diversity, as well as position the group to further bring to a higher level the quality of services to customers such as PLDT and Smart's broadband internet users, BPOs and call centers, as well as corporate consumers," PLDT said.

Aside from linking Southeast Asian countries to the US, PLDT said the AAG cable network also provides seamless connectivity to Australia, India, Europe, and Africa via common landing points or countries along its route.