PARIS Ė Alcatel-Lucent and NEC Corporation announced they have been selected to deploy the Asia America Gateway (AAG), the first direct Terabit submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the United States. The contract, amounting to about $500 million, aims to deliver a 20,000-km cable network spanning almost half the length of the equator.
The AAG will link Malaysia to the United States via Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the West coast of the United States. Its initiators said they expect the new cable network will meet the forecasted growth in bandwidth requirements for innovative broadband applications such as IP, video, data and other multimedia services.
The contract was signed with a consortium of ten parties, including the Government of Brunei, AT&T (USA), Bharti (India), CAT (Thailand), PLDT (Philippines), PT Telkom (Indonesia), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telstra (Australia), StarHub (Singapore) and VNPT (Vietnam).
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent and NEC will design, manufacture, install, integrate and commission the full network on a turnkey basis.
Completion of the project is expected by late 2008.