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ASE Cable Map (Graphic: Business Wire)

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced today that the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) will be extended to Cambodia to provide reliable, high-capacity communication infrastructure for the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the Mekong region.

The extension is based on an agreement that NTT Com has reached with Chuan Wei (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. Under the agreement, NTT Com will lay Cambodia’s first submarine optical fiber cable.

The ASE will provide highly reliable, high-capacity communications connecting Cambodia and other countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion with major locations elsewhere in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. The arrival of the ASE also will enable NTT Com to provide local customers with even higher quality Internet network services.

NTT Com continues to upgrade and expand its global submarine-cable infrastructure, including through introduction of a 100 Gbps optical transmission system incorporating digital coherent technology. In addition, the company is expanding its number of ASE connection points and Nexcenter global data centers in Southeast Asia to provide high-quality network, data center and cloud services in end-to-end one-stop solutions.

The ASE submarine cable is routed away from the Bashi Channel and the south coast of Taiwan, areas that frequently experience earthquakes and typhoons. The ASE also takes the shortest route of any submarine cable connecting Japan to Hong Kong and Singapore.

ASE Fast Facts

Total length:     Approx. 7,800 km
Design capacity: 15 Tbps or above
Landing stations: Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong
Participants: NTT Com, Telekom Malaysia, PLDT and StarHub
 

Digital CoherentDigital coherent is the latest transmission technology for improving spectral efficiency through multi-level modulation, including phase modulation and polarization multiplexing. It greatly enhances receiver sensitivity by combining coherent detection and digital signal processing.

Global companies are increasingly investing in Cambodia to take advantage of government incentives for foreign investment. Located in the middle of the Southern Economic Corridor stretching from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, Cambodia is experiencing rapid economic growth. In turn, the need for reliable, high-capacity networks is rising to meet the increasing communication demands of locally based multinational companies.

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