SOURCE: Pacnet

Pacnet

March 31, 2011 00:54 ET

Pacnet and Far EasTone Partner to Enhance Network Connectivity in Taiwan

Partnership Will Boost Resiliency of Pacnet's EAC-C2C Network and Increase Far EasTone's International Capacity

TAIPEI, CHINA--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - Pacnet, Asia's leading telecommunications service provider, and Far EasTone's subsidiary New Century InfoComm Tech Co. (NCIC), today announced a partnership to increase Taiwan's network connectivity and resiliency.

Through the partnership, Far EasTone will deliver additional terrestrial connectivity between Pacnet's PoPs and the cable landing stations in Taiwan where EAC-C2C lands, while simultaneously increasing Far EasTone's international connectivity through Pacnet's subsea network.

"Internet connectivity has proven to be an important means of communications in times of natural disasters. As part of our continuous upgrades to increase the capacity and resiliency of our network infrastructure, we are partnering Far EasTone to upgrade and deliver additional capacity between the cable landing stations where EAC-C2C lands in Taiwan," said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet. "At the same time, this will also help raise the resiliency of Taiwan's international network connectivity."

"In addition to providing Pacnet with interconnectivity between the cable landing stations in Taiwan, we are also building additional capacity into the cable landing stations at Tanshui and Fangshan and increasing network capacity between the North and South of Taiwan to boost network resiliency. Our investment in the TSE-1 subsea cable, which will land in Tanshui, will further enhance international connectivity to meet Taiwan's growing bandwidth demands," said Jeffey Gee, Chief Strategic Officer and Chief Technical Officer of Far EasTone and President of NCIC.

The capacity boost between the cable landing stations enables even more capacity for Pacnet's fully meshed EAC-C2C network to re-route traffic to bypass congested or impacted segments of the network, so as to maintain and optimize network connectivity.

"Taiwan is a key hub for EAC-C2C, and is also a strategic location for us to deliver connectivity to Mainland China through our existing landing points in Shanghai and Qingdao," said Johnson Tsai, General Manager of Pacnet's Taiwan operations. "Following the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), we have seen a growing demand for Cross-Strait connectivity to support the corresponding growth in investments. We are looking forward to growing our Cross-Strait capacity when enhanced Cross-Strait telecommunications links become a reality in the near future."

Pacnet's EAC-C2C is Asia's largest privately-owned submarine cable network of 36,800 km, which lands at 18 cable landing stations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. EAC-C2C has a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries with continuous upgrades underway.

About Pacnet
Named "Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth" by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and "Best Wholesale Carrier" at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is Asia's leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, Asia's largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries, as well as EAC Pacific, which spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean and delivers up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity between Asia and North America. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: www.pacnet.com.

About Far EasTone
Far EasTone is dedicated to the convergence of mobile communications and the Internet. Its aim is to provide customers easy access to a wealth of public and personalized information, while striving to fulfill its vision in the 21st century- "Anywhere, anytime, communications to enrich the lives of people". Guided by its belief in being "innovative, trustworthy and responsive," Far EasTone Telecom brings customers' needs to a new level with its mobile and data transmission services. In August 2005, Far EasTone gained a seat on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in the electronics sector (TWSE: 4904). For more information, please visit¿http://www.fareastone.com.tw/

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