A new 7,800 km undersea data cable, The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) which transfers data at a speed of 4o gbps. This optic fiber system transfers about 3 milliseconds faster than any other cable between Tokyo and Singapore.
According to the BBC reports the ASE shall connect Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippine. The route for this new cable system is kept as straight as possible in order to avoid wastage of time in data transfer from one end to the other. It takes 65 milliseconds in receiving information from one end to the other.
A powerful earthquake has damaged many cables near Japan’s Northeast Coast in March 2011. Hiroyuki Matsumoto, Senior Director of Network Services at NTT, one of the four partners involved in the project said,”We avoided the area around Taiwan, where earthquakes are common, and laid the route near the Philippines instead, making the cable very safe and reliable”.
The other three partners involved in the project are PLDT, the Philippine’s main Telecom Company; StarHub, A Mobile-Phone Operator in Singapore and Telekom, Malaysia.