The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) is a 7200-km intra-Asia submarine cable system constructed by a consortium including NTT, PLDT, StarHub and Telekom Malaysia. The ASE cable consists of 6 fiber pair, connecting Japan to the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore,with branch to Hong Kong and potential landing in Mainland China. The ASE cable system is designed with the state-of-the-art 40 Gbps transmission and OADM technologies, with capability to incorporate 100 Gbps technology. The ASE cable system is expected to be ready for service in June 2012.
Telekom Malaysia (TM) holds one-third stake of the ASE consortium and owns two dedicated fiber pair in the ASE cable system, with which TM builds its wholly owned Cahaya Malaysia Cable system.