Pacnet, an emerging submarine cable provider, is offering a 100G wavelength service between the Asia Pacific region and the United States to support what it says are "compute-intensive operations" from service providers and enterprises.
The timing of this network connection is in line with the growth service providers and large multinational companies are seeing in Asia Pacific. This new service could address both the growing base of U.S. companies expanding their business in Asia Pacific, and companies in the Asia Pacific region expanding into the United States.
From a broader bandwidth trend perspective, the new connection will address the growth of global IP traffic.
By 2017, global IP traffic is forecast to reach 1.4 Zettabytes per year, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 percent from 2012 to 2017. Specifically, in Asia-Pacific, IP traffic will reach 43.4 Exabytes per month by 2017, at a CAGR of 26 percent.
This new service leverages Pacnet's EAC cable system that's been integrated with its subsea fiber infrastructure and terrestrial backhaul links to IP technology and optical transport network (OTN) switching in its optical core. The integration of these technologies enables it to offer customers network services between its inventory of interconnected data centers located in 14 cities across Asia-Pacific.
Pacnet said that because customers will be able to access both Ethernet and OTN interfaces at their locations, they will be able to flexibly multiplex, scale up and down, amplify, groom, optically express, or switch individual data streams.
This new service and backbone upgrade is one of many recent moves Pacnet has made to better serve connections between the United States and Asia. Late last month, it established an E-NNI (external network-to-network interconnection agreement with tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC).
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