NEC corporation announced the operation of the Asia-Pacific Gateway cable at the start of November. The infrastructure will have a fundamental role in enhancing the speed and reliability of Internet connections in Asia, particularly on the Eastern coast. Unsurprisingly, Facebook also announced its decision to invest significantly in this project back in 2012.
The Asia-Pacific Gateway numbers
Since the 1st November, the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the new submarine cable serving the countries of the eastern Asian coast, has been fully operational. This announcement was made by NEC, the Japanese company that has managed the project since 2012 and which will also handle its future development and maintenance. The infrastructure spans over 10,400km and winds its way under the Pacific, reaching 9 different countries. China (2 stations), Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan (2 stations), South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It consists of a fibre optic cable with a capacity of 54 terabits per second, a key project for this geographical area which is experiencing a real boom in connections.
The role of Facebook
The Asia-Pacific Gateway is a strategic infrastructure that has attracted a pool of investors that are within the consortium that funded the construction of the project. This pool features all the major TLC players in Asia including names such as China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. But the most resounding name among those who have taken part in the project is, without doubt, Facebook. The social giant, in fact, is one of the companies that has invested in the project, joining in 2012. The reason is simple and Zuckerberg himself explains why: to directly control infrastructures that can improve the connection experience of the millions of Facebook users in Asia. This is a principle that the American company is applying with increasing conviction, involving itself in numerous projects similar to Asia-Pacific Gateway.