BANDWIDTH: Packet Geography 2002

VoicenData Bureau
New Update

Internet infrastructure in South-East Asia and the Indian subcontinent is

wrapped up in a transition from the US outpost to regional Internet axis. The 15

Gbps of intra-Asian submarine cable capacity at the year-end 2000 will have

spiked almost one hundred-fold to 1,215 Gbps at the year-end 2001. Announced

deployments should boost that number, during the following year.


The new capacity–and the corresponding drop in prices–will help stimulate

backbone deployments throughout Asia (see Figure 16. Asia & Pacific

Submarine System Capacity, 1999 and 2001 and Figure 17. Asia & Pacific

International Internet Bandwidth, 1999 and 2001). This trend is already emerging

in India, where the bandwidth drought has been such a major issue that has

occupied front-page real estate in major newspapers.

Like its neighbors towards the east, the subcontinent’s transformation is

very much in progress. VSNL’s aggressive provisioning between 2000 and 2001,

has suddenly placed a large quantity of international capacity in the hands of

the service providers. Furthermore, DishnetDSL’s partnership with TyCom Global

Network should result in South East Asia Cable Network (SEACN), scheduled to go

online in mid-2002 with 640 Gbps of fiber-lit. Rival Bharti’s alliance with

Singapore Telecom is to yield the i2i Cable Network in March 2002, which, when

announced, had the largest upgradeable capacity of any repeater submarine cable

in the world. As Internet capacity continues to shift onto the new systems, more

of India’s

international Internet bandwidth will link to the Asian destinations.


& Pacific Submarine System Capacity, 1999 and 2001

& Pacific International Internet Bandwidth, 1999 and 2001


Integrated closely with the North African countries, the

recent surge in international connectivity at Asia’s western edge, owes much

to a single submarine cable provider. When it first entered service in 1997, the

Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe, or FLAG, became the first privately-funded

submarine cable system to connect Europe and Asia. A 2000 move to aggressively

market managed Internet transit services, however, has turned the capacity

provider into a major regional Internet backbone.

FLAG’s Internet backbone strategy has had significant

repercussions in the Middle East, a region whose regulatory environments are

strict enough and whose bandwidth supply is short enough that the provisioning

of a single STM-1 (155 Mbps) Internet connection can be quite disruptive.

Source: TeleGeograhy, Inc