31 Jan '11, 1pm

StarHub invests in S$552m submarine cable

StarHub invests in S$552m submarine cable

SINGAPORE: Singapore telco StarHub said it has joined other Asian carriers in building and operating a S$552 million submarine cable. The 7,200-kilometre Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE) will link Singapore directly to Japan, the Philippines and Hong Kong. The system will also have access to Malaysia, and potentially future connectivity to Mainland China, as well as other Southeast Asian countries. Analysts say it's a positive and necessary move given rising global demand for data. Natural disasters such as earthquakes or typhoons can disrupt data as it is trafficked across submerged cables, and the new ASE which is set to operate by June 2012 has been specifically designed to avoid them. The new submarine cable system is specifically designed to avoid earthquake and typhoon-prone regions, such as the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan. StarHub has joined hands with Japan-bas...

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