NTT Communications is working its infrastructure way deeper into the markets of southeast Asia. Of course they've been making similar moves globally for some time, especially in continental Europe. But in this part of the world there has been perhaps some historical suspicion to overcome, but lately Chinese moves in the South China Sea have ruffled more than a few feathers and perhaps created an opportunity for Japanese infrastructure to make a few more friends.
Last week NTT announced plans to expand the Asia Submarine-cable Express network into Cambodia. The new branch will give Cambodia its first landing station, giving them a more direct link to the world's internet infrastructure and lessening their dependence on their neighbors. The ASE cable came online just two summers ago, connecting Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
And this morning NTT revealed a new PoP over in Thailand for its global IP network. The new point of presence in Bangkok will let them address rapidly growing regional demand. Of course, Thailand has had quite a year so far, with a military coup not so many weeks ago following many months of unrest.
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