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Australia : Telstra to invest in two new subsea cable systems.

Australian Telstra has announced it will invest in two new subsea cable systems linking Hong Kong with the west coast of the US.

The telco plans to invest in a half fiber pair on the Hong Kong Americas (HKA) cable and the equivalent of 6TBps over the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN).

The HKA cable would be ready for service in 2020 and the PLCN to be complete in 2019.

The two cables, once complete, can serve as more direct routes between the US and Asia than Telstra's part-owned Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system, helping to decrease latency and meet growing demand for connectivity between Greater China, ASEAN and the US.

Telstra group managing director of global services and international David Burns said, As economic growth continues in China and South East Asia, so too does the demand for data. Together with the current AAG cable on which Telstra carries the most traffic today, these two investments will provide us with increased capacity across the important Hong Kong to US route, one of the fastest growing routes in the world for capacity demand.

He added, Our investment in capacity on PLCN and HKA will also provide our customers with greater resiliency due to bypassing areas prone to natural disasters and offering two direct, alternative paths to the AAG cable which connects South East Asia to the US west coast via Hong Kong, Guam and Hawaii.

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Date:Jan 23, 2018
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