|Date||30th November, 2012 (Friday)|
|Event Highlights|| |
The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE)1 Cable Landing Ceremony was successfully held to mark the milestone of a new ultra-low latency cable system landing in Hong Kong. ASE is a new optical subsea cable with a total carrying capacity of more than 15 terabits per second (Tbps), which is equivalent to over 60 times the peak total internet traffic in Hong Kong in 2012.
Guests officiating at the Cable Landing Ceremony were Mr. Brandon Lee, Chief Strategy Officer, NTT Com Asia, Miss Eliza Lee, JP, Director-General of Communications, Office of the Communications Authority, the HKSAR Government, Mr. E. Anthony Tan, CEO, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, Mr. Charles Mok, Legislative Council member (ITFC) and Mr. Kenji Takase, Director, Infrastructure, Service Infrastructure, NTT Communications, joined by a representative from one of the cable system constructors, NEC Corporation.
The ASE links Hong Kong with major business hubs across East Asia. It is a promising advancement of Hong Kong’s communication infrastructure, and it further enhances Hong Kong’s position as a regional ICT and financial hub. The landing station of ASE will be co-located with NTT Communications’ global network POP at the company’s first Financial Data Centre (FDC™) in Hong Kong, which will be launched in 2013.
The ASE route connecting between Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia was launched in Aug 2012 and connections to Hong Kong are scheduled to be launched in Q1 2013. With a total length of about 7,800 km, the ASE is routed to bypass areas prone to damage by earthquakes and typhoons.