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Asia Netcom and C2C Complete Operational Merger

Posted by mafiaid on 14 September 2007

Asia Netcom and C2C Complete Operational Merger

Combined Network Offers Enhanced Route Diversity and Added Protection for
Next-Generation Connectivity and Data Services

SINGAPORE, Sept. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — Connect Holdings Limited
(Connect) today announced the successful operational merger of Asia
Netcom’s EAC system and the C2C network, with Asia Netcom taking full
operational control of both entities.
The integration of these two networks into a single system — with dual
landings and 33 PoPs (Points-of-Presence) in key markets — marks a new
milestone in the company’s focus on strengthening its position as the
region’s leading provider of next-generation communications solutions.
“Connect’s vision and strategy is driven by an increased demand for
network capacity in the region and we will invest accordingly to match the
requirements of the market,” said Bill Barney, a director of Connect and
Asia Netcom’s CEO. “Leveraging the combined EAC and C2C network will not
only strengthen our position to accommodate the region’s growth, but also
be a foundation upon which we will build our next-generation network with
focus on service innovation and technology leadership.”
The combined EAC and C2C network platform has a US$4 billion
replacement value with a retail value of US$10.3 billion in today’s market.
The integrated infrastructure also gives the company management flexibility
while offering industry-leading infrastructure resiliency and enhanced
route diversity and protection.
“Having full operational control of both networks means we have the
unique ability to react quickly to address market trends, including
bandwidth and platform upgrades,” said Wilfred Kwan, Asia Netcom’s
President and CTO. “We also have immediate access to the infrastructure for
everyday maintenance and performance monitoring.”
Kwan added, “On a more technical level, we are upgrading the integrated
core network platform with GMPLS (Generalized Multi-Protocol Label
Switching), which will enable a new set of features such as meshed
protection on the optical layer, auto-provisioning, and optimized routing
of traffic to support latency-sensitive applications such as video and
The combined EAC-C2C infrastructure enables Asia Netcom to strengthen
its PoPs and Cable Landing Station resilience through full interconnection
between the two systems. At this time, interconnections to the combined
network have been established in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Together,
the two networks span more than 36,800 km across key markets in Asia
Pacific including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the
Philippines and has a total design capacity of 10.24Tbps.
About Connect Holdings Limited
Connect Holdings Limited’s major shareholders include Ashmore
Investment Management Limited, Spinnaker Capital Group and Clearwater
Capital Partners — together they own 100% of Asia Netcom and C2C in
addition to 88% of Nasdaq-listed Pacific Internet Limited.
About Asia Netcom
Winner of the TelecomAsia Award 2007 for “Best Wholesale Carrier” award
in 2007, Asia Netcom operates an extensive telecommunications network
infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region, including a privately-owned
subsea cable system, EAC, as well as extensive terrestrial backhauls and
telehouses in all key Asian markets. Leveraging these strategic assets,
Asia Netcom provides a comprehensive portfolio of city-to-city
connectivity, data communications and IP-based solutions and services to
enterprise, ISP and carrier customers in the Asia Pacific region. The
company is headquartered in Hong Kong with local offices in all major Asian
markets, the US and Europe. For more information, please visit: .
About C2C
Spanning 17,000 km across major markets in Asia Pacific, the C2C
network has a design capacity of 7.68Tbps and delivers self-healing fully
diversified city-to-city connectivity across the region. The network is now
under operational management by Asia Netcom with network integration with
EAC underway.
For more information, contact:

Lorain Wong
Asia Netcom
Tel: +852-2121-2973

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