By Corinne Reichert, ZDNet

Telstra has announced that it will be building a fibre overland route between Taiwan and Hong Kong, a fibre ring network in South Korea, and a submarine cable connecting its networks in Asia to India and the Middle East, as well as securing capacity on a new cable system connecting Asia with the United States.

The measures were announced as part of Telstra's ongoing investment in the 36,000km cable network system connecting China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, which the telco acquired as part of purchasing Pacnet for $697 million in December 2014.

The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) 100Gbps submarine cable system, made up of three fibre pairs, will be around 8,000km long and will connect Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, Telstra said.

“BBG is designed to provide highly upgradable facilities by adopting the state-of-the-art 100Gbps technology, meaning our customers can access one of the fastest routes available between Singapore and the Middle East,” Webb said.

Once the BBG and the Europe India Gateway (EIG) subsea cables are combined, Telstra customers will be able to directly connect from Asia to Europe.

Lastly, Telstra has obtained capacity on the new trans-pacific “FASTER” 10,000km subsea cable system connecting Japan with the west coast of the United States. The subsea cable, consisting of six fibre pairs, makes use of 10Gbps wave technology.

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