Asia-America Gateway cable lands in Philippines Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 06:27:00 05/28/2008 MANILA, Philippines--The Philippine leg of $550-million Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system landed in the northern province of La Union on Tuesday, local partner Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said. The 20,000-kilometer fiber-optic cable network will connect Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and the US West Coast. For the Philippine leg of the AAG system, PLDT contributed $50 million to install a cable landing station in La Union. The system is expected to begin carrying international traffic early next year. PLDT said the project would spur growth for business process outsourcing and other fast-rising sectors that depend on advanced telecomm services. The AAG is expected to provide added protection from disruptions, such as that caused by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in 2006, which brought massive service interruptions of telecom services to corporate and retail customers across the region, PLDT said. Edited by INQUIRER.net ====== About the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Cable System On 27 April 2007, an agreement was signed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by major telecommunications-industry leaders spearheaded by 17 parties including AT&T Inc., Bharti, BT Global Network Services, CAT Telecom, ETPI, PCP Company Limited, PLDT, PT Indosat, Saigon Postel Corporation, StarHub, Telekom Malaysia, TELKOM Indonesia, Telstra, the Government of Brunei Darussalam, TNZL, Viettel, and VNPT to build the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Cable System. The AAG is a 20,000-km, high-bandwidth fiber optic submarine cable system that will connect Southeast Asia to the United States. It will provide connectivity between Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast and seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Australia, other parts of Asia and Africa and will utilize the field-proven Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradeable, future-proof transmission facilities for telecommunications traffic. The birth of the AAG will revolutionize high bandwidth delivery between Asia and the USA. Designed for broadband traffic, it will provide much-needed diversity in traditional routes to the US and ensure alternate routes, expanded capacity and high levels of service during potential disasters. The AAG Cable System is expected to carry commercial traffic by first quarter of 2009.