AT&T connects US with Asia

by Jeff Wiener on December 9, 2009

new-att-logo2US phone giant AT&T is the only U.S. company to participate in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) consortium focused on building an undersea cable system connecting Southeast Asia with the United States.

The 20,000 kilometer-long AAG submarine cable network has been tested and is ready for commercial use. This news will bring relief to businesses searching for an alternative to the traditional cable routes between Southeast Asia, Hawaii and mainland U.S.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis have previously caused havoc in Asia leaving businesses to struggle with delayed communications. Many discussed contingency plans while waiting for data cables to be repaired and ready for work.

Companies in the AAG consortium have come together to provide uninterrupted access to broadband and ensured southerly routing of the cable. Because AT&T is the only U.S. carrier involved in the AAG consortium, it is set to reap benefits in the long term. It may also gain a competitive advantage in the market and attract more customers.

Written by: Jeff Wiener. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Identi.ca, or Friendfeed

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