NTT Com to Launch Asia Submarine-cable Express

By Ntt Communications Corporation, PRNE
Sunday, January 30, 2011

TOKYO, January 31, 2011 - NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced on January 31 that with assistance
from Hong Kong-based NTT Com Asia, the company plans to launch the Asia
Submarine-cable Express (ASE), a 40-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) undersea cable,
in June 2012. The ASE eventually will connect major business hubs across East
via some 7,200 kilometers of cable, and boast a total carrying capacity
exceeding 15 terabits per second.

The ASE is being constructed by NTT Com, Malaysia-based Telekom Malaysia,
Philippines-based PLDT and Singapore-based StarHub. Total cost of
construction is estimated at approximately 430 million USD (about 36 billion

When it initially starts operating, the ASE will serve Japan, Malaysia,
Singapore and the Philippines. A separate route to Hong Kong will be added in
December 2012. Connections to Mainland China and additional Southeast Asian
countries are expected to be launched in collaboration with major carriers in
these markets.

Incorporating the latest 40 Gbps optical technology, the ASE will boost
the capacity and strengthen the redundancy of NTT Com's Asian cable networks,
paving the way for enhanced global network services that will meet the
region's increasing needs for global traffic, low network latency and
reliability. The ASE also has a capability to incorporate 100 Gbps optical
technology in the future.

The ASE will be specially designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons,
particularly in areas such as the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan, where
undersea earthquakes have disrupted international communications in the past
few years. Routes between Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore will cover the
shortest possible distances to maximize reliability and minimize latency.

"The ASE's planned launch is further testament to NTT Com's growing
presence in the markets of Asia," said Akira Arima, President and CEO of NTT
Com. "We are excited about the business opportunities we expect to realize by
bridging Tokyo and other Asian economic hubs with our high-speed,
high-capacity ASE cable network."

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    (Mr.) Hiromasa Yoshida or (Ms.) Miho Kanzaki
    Global Business Division
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