Pacnet Announces Largest Ever Capacity Upgrade

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MEDIA RELEASE PR36689


Pacnet Announces Largest Ever Capacity Upgrade


SINGAPORE, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/ --


Upgrades will bring an additional 50% capacity on EAC-C2C to meet Asia's growing

broadband demand


    Pacnet today announced plans to accelerate upgrades on its wholly-owned subsea

cable network EAC-C2C, adding an additional 3,600 Gbps of capacity across Asia to

meet the region's growing demand for bandwidth.


    "We are seeing bandwidth demand in the region fueled not only by the expanding

broadband population in Asia, but also from the growing amount of digital content that

is being generated from Asia," said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer of Pacnet.

"We are now bringing forward our upgrade schedule by three months, and delivering

Pacnet's largest capacity upgrade to-date, so as to enable us to meet this demand."


    "The global economic crisis has done little to mute the demand for intra-Asian

submarine cable capacity," said TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin.

According to TeleGeography, demand for intra-Asia capacity is expected to increase

at a compound annual growth rate of 48 percent between 2009 and 2015. "Pacnet's

investment in capacity upgrades is vital to meet the expanding capacity requirements

in the region," he added.


    "The projected increase in lit capacity requirements within the region will be driven

by massive uptake of bandwidth-hungry applications such as video, the growing

popularity of cloud computing and the rise of industry-specific requirements such as

redundant, ultra-low latency connectivity demanded by stock exchanges and financial

institutions," said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Technology Officer of Pacnet.


    "Our latest network upgrades, which are targeted for completion by early 2011, will

focus on increasing capacity across key network routes which connect Singapore,

Hong Kong and Japan, countries that are host to some of Asia's largest enterprises

and busiest stock exchanges," added Mr Kwan.


    Alongside upgrades to its submarine cable network, Pacnet will also be upgrading

its terrestrial backhaul links between cable landing stations and its Points of

Presence, delivering city-to-city high-bandwidth connectivity around the region.


    EAC-C2C utilizes the latest ASON (Automatically Switched Optical Network)

technology which supports 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. As part of the latest upgrades,

Differential Phase Shift Keying (DPSK) technology, which will enable more efficient

data transmission over long haul networks, will also be deployed.


    Earlier in April this year, Pacnet completed a phase of upgrades that saw 3,200

Gbps of capacity added to EAC-C2C. 


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    About Pacnet


    Named "Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth" by Frost & Sullivan in

2009 and "Best Wholesale Carrier" at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is

Asia's leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the

operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates

EAC-C2C, the region'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. For more information, please visit: 



    For more information, please contact:


     Lorain Wong

     Pacnet

     Tel:   +852-2121-2973

     Email: lorain.wong@pacnet.com


     Roland Lim

     Pacnet

     Tel:   +852-2121-2975

     Email: roland.lim@pacnet.com



     SOURCE: Pacnet




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