HONG KONG, 8 April 2009 – Pacnet today announced the completion of its first phase of network upgrades which almost doubles the capacity on Asia Pacific’s highest capacity subsea cable network, EAC-C2C.
“With the completion of the first phase of our planned upgrades for EAC-C2C, we have almost doubled our capacity by adding over 3,200 Gbps of capacity across our network,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer of Pacnet. “These upgrades across various segments of our network have enabled us to meet growing intra-Asia bandwidth demand, and is key to enabling the new breed of bandwidth-hungry applications, especially video.”
According to latest research from TeleGeography, EAC-C2C now has the highest lit capacity among subsea cable networks in the Asia Pacific region. “Our research also indicates that EAC-C2C has the highest potential capacity in the region,” said Alan Mauldin, Research Director at TeleGeography. “Capacity upgrades to cables such as EAC-C2C are vital to support the strong demand for intra-Asia bandwidth. We forecast the lit capacity requirements in the region to triple by 2012.”
“To support this aggressive growth in demand for bandwidth, we have committed investments to continue on the next phase of upgrades on our core network asset, EAC-C2C. This is already underway and will entail adding more than 2,000 Gbps of capacity across our network,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Technology Officer of Pacnet.
The latest upgrades have increased EAC-C2C’s capacity across all locations which it lands, namely China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. “Some key locations such as Hong Kong, have had capacity more than doubled to meet the increasing intra-Asia traffic that we are carrying on our network,” added Mr Kwan.
“Together with our upgrades to our terrestrial backhaul links between our cable landing stations and our Points of Presence, we are able to offer city-to-city high-bandwidth connectivity to support latency-sensitive applications such as streaming video,” said Mr Kwan.
EAC-C2C utilizes the latest ASON (Automatically Switched Optical Network) technology which enables features such as meshed protection on the optical layer, auto-provisioning and optimized routing of traffic. Coupled with at least two landing points into all locations, EAC-C2C provides industry-leading network resiliency and route diversity required to run mission-critical business applications.
Named “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is the region’s largest independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 10.24 Tbps. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America.