Asia’s fastest submarine cable link opened for business this week, carrying traffic at a blistering 40Gbps between Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines with an additional link to Hong Kong to be added in December.

The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) is some 7,200km long and was constructed by NTT Com, Telekom Malaysia, Philippines-based PLDT and Singapore-based StarHub at a total cost in the region of $430m.

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