Hong Kong, November 30, 2000 - Asia Global Crossing Ltd. announced that it has awarded NEC Corp. of Japan the construction contract for phase two of East Asia Crossing (EAC) that will add Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines to the region's first and fastest pan-Asian network. The contract is worth approximately $475 million on a turnkey basis.
Upon completion, East Asia Crossing will be the first and only truly regional network, connecting Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and when regulations permit, China. At 2.56 Terabits, East Asia Crossing will also be the fastest system deployed in the region.
In addition to providing pan-Asian connectivity, East Asia Crossing will also provide seamless global connectivity by linking with Asia Global Crossing's subsea system, Pacific Crossing, the only non-consortium link in service between the US and Japan; Global Access Limited, a 1,560 route km Japanese terrestrial network; and the rest of the Global Crossing Network, which will link more than 200 major cities worldwide.
Under the terms of the contract, NEC will deliver phase two connecting Hong Kong to Singapore in ready-for-service condition in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Phase two will add about 7,900 km of undersea fiber optic cable to the system, bringing East Asia Crossing to approximately 19,500 km. East Asia Crossing will use bi-directional transport capacity shared over four fiber pairs and state-of-the-art dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. It will form multiple self-healing rings, providing internal restoration capability in the event of a link outage.