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8 Asian economies to be linked up by new Internet gateway.

BANGKOK, June 14 Kyodo

Eight Asian economies will simultaneously launch on Thursday the newly established Asian Internet Network (AIN) which will help cut the volume of Internet traffic routed to the United States and reduce costs, Thai officials said Wednesday.

The AIN, initiated two years ago, will link the Internet network of the Indonesia Satellite Corp., Japan's KDD Corp., Korea Telecom Corp., Telekom Malaysia Bhd., Philippines Long Distance Telephone Co., Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecommunications Co., and the Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT), CAT officials said.

The AIN will provide alternative traffic routes to Asian carrier network providers, which mainly depend on U.S. network providers to link them to other countries, they said.

The AIN is connected with the Internet gateway in each of the eight with an initial bandwidth capacity of 512 kilobytes per second and the capacity can be expanded by 70%, the officials said.

Currently, CAT has another gateway called the Thailand Internet Exchange-International Internet Gateway which is linked with the gateways of the U.S., Japan and Singapore.
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