Novermber 30, 2012, NTT Com Asia held a ceremony for Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) landing in Hong Kong. The ASE cable connects NTT‘s cable landing station and Financial Data Centre (FDC) at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate to its pan-Asia ASE cable networks to enable an ultra-low latency service in Asia.


ASE Cable Landing Ceremony in HK

Source: NTT Com Asia

The ASE cable was launched on August 20, connecting Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. With ASE landing in HK, NTT brings its HK FDC into the whole ASE cable network.

The ASE cable route is designed to avoid earthquake prone areas taken by other systems south of Taiwan and it uses double armoured cable with two layers of high tensile steel strands for additional resilience. 

On the other hand, the ASE cable offers 65 milliseconds latency between Japan and Singapore, which is almost an advantage of more than three milliseconds over other competing intra-Asia cables. 

The ASE cable offers both unparalleled ultra-low latency performance to the region as well as high resiliency on natural disasters and support enterprises’ growth in particular financial institutions for which every millisecond counts in the highly competitive market. 

ASE Cable Map

The ASE consortium members include NTT, PLDT, StarHub and TM. TM owns two dedicated fiber pairs in the ASE cable system, with which TM builds its wholly owned Cahaya Malaysia Cable system.