Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) has announced that it is expanding its international bandwidth capacity to the US to support rising demand for high speed broadband. In a statement PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno said the incremental capacity from this project will allow PLDT to support more industry requirements as well as enhance the quality of experience of customers of the PLDT Group. As such, PLDT intends to invest USD2 million to upgrade the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), doubling the bandwidth capacity of the subsea system.
New Zealand’s Crown-owned Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) has signed a deal to buy USD65 million of capacity on the proposed Hawaiki submarine cable that will link New Zealand, Australia and the United States. REANNZ operates a high speed research network linking tertiary institutions, research organisations, libraries, schools and Crown research institutes. REANNZ chief executive Steve Cotter said the contract will run for 25 years and is contingent on the cable proceeding.
Telekom Research Development (TM RD), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ZTE Malaysia to collaborate on next generation passive optical network (NGPON) research to enable higher bandwidth for TM customers. Under the terms of the MoU, both parties will share their research facilities and create mirroring labs in China and Malaysia, TM RD confirmed in a statement. Since 2009, ZTE has been one of the key technology partners for the Malaysian