Thursday, April 26, 2007

Alcatel-Lucent and NEC Selected for Asia America Gateway

Alcatel-Lucent and NEC were selected to jointly build a terabit-class submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the U.S. The contract was valued at about US$500 million. The project is scheduled to be completed by late 2008.

The Asia America Gateway (AAG) will span over 20,000 km linking Malaysia to the US via Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the West coast of the US.

The turnkey contract was signed with a consortium formed by 10 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).

The cable system design allows for future expansion to Australia, India, Africa, and Europe.

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