By Richard Brown
FLAG Telecom, a Bermuda-based carrier under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, has linked a major segment between Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan of its FNAL cable system.
FNAL forms part of the FLAG global network, designed to reinforce traffic flows on the FLAG Europe Asia cable in the Asia. The network consists of a high capacity six fibre pair redundant loop system, upgradeable using Dense Wave Division Multiplexing. Following closure of the loop, FLAG Telecom hopes to be able to support the rising demand for intra-Asia Internet traffic and provide regional, city-to-city connectivity between Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei and the rest of the world.The company reached debtor in possession agreement among lead investors FLAG, Reach and Alcatel to enable the FNAL project to be completed. Alcatel is the main supplier for FNAL. Earlier this month, FLAG Telecom revealed it had signed a deal with Pakistan Telecommunications to build and operate Pakistan's first VPoP (Virtual Point of Presence) with managed bandwidth services and IP Transit services, providing Internet access between Karachi, Fujairah and New York.