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Subsea Telecom News: Construction of telecom cable network to the US kicked off

Posted on 15.10.2007 - 08:00 UTC in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

After the surveys are completed, the Asia America Gateway (AAG) will be installed and reach Vung Tau coast in April 2008.

The AAG has a designed capacity of 1.92 Tbps, six times more than the current undersea telecom cable capacity of Vietnam. This will be the first undersea optical cable system directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US.

The current undersea optical cable systems linking Southeast Asia and the US have to run through many other countries like Japan, China, Taiwan, etc. so they suffer many risks.

With a length of 20,000km, the AAG system will need total estimated investment capital of US$560 million. It will run from Malaysia to the US, with landing points in Mersing (Malaysia), Changi (Singapore), Sri Racha (Thailand), Tungku (Brunei), Vung Tau (Vietnam), Currimao (the Philippines), South Lantau (Hong Kong), Guam and Hawaii (the US).

Three Vietnamese members participating in this project are the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), Viettel and SPT. As a founding member, VNPT contributed the largest proportion of capital, $40 million.

The AAG system will be installed by Alcatel-Lucent and NEC within 19 months and is scheduled to be completed before November 30, 2008.
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