TKO Connect subsea cable starts operations in Hong Kong

TKO Connect, jointly financed by HKBN and SUNeVISION, is the first and only dual-path subsea cable in Hong Kong and is built to bolster the city's position as Asia's data center hub.

Gigi Onag, Senior Editor, APAC

September 19, 2023

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TKO Connect subsea cable starts operations in Hong Kong
(Source: Hong Kong Broadband Network)

The newest subsea cable system in Hong Kong, known as TKO Connect, has started operations providing a direct connection between the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate in Sai Kung, New Territories and Siu Sai Wan in Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island.

The new subsea cable system is yet another stab at bolstering the city's position as Asia's data center hub.

Several carriers and companies have established high-tier data centers at TKO Industrial Estate, including the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, HKColo, NTT, Digital Realty, China Mobile, HSBC, China Unicom, Global Switch and MEGA Plus.

Likewise, the areas around Siu Sai Wan are also a preferred location for high-tier data centers and large-scale data co-location facilities in the wake of the government's re-industrialization initiative that allows the conversion of old industrial buildings into data centers.

Built for resilience

TKO Connect is jointly financed by telco operator Hong Kong Broadband Network and data center provider SUNeVISION. It is the first and only dual-path subsea cable in Hong Kong, with two physical cables specifically built to achieve full resilience and ensure network continuity.

It is a dedicated cable system directly linking SUNeVISION's two facilities: MEGA-i in Chai Wan and MEGA Plus in Tseung Kwan O.

Spanning approximately three kilometers between the two precincts, TKO Connect provides the most direct and shortest route between MEGA-i and MEGA Plus – more than 20 kilometers shorter and four times faster than alternate land routes, with latency as low as 0.014 milliseconds.

The cable terminates directly at the carrier-neutral MEGA-i with minimal fiber splicing and loss. The cable will be further expanded to MEGA IDC, SUNeVISION's new hyperscale data center in Tseung Kwan O currently under development.

"Our flagship data center MEGA-i has for many years served as a critical interconnection hub for Asia and globally. The completion of TKO Connect, which links up MEGA-i with our TKO data centers will substantially increase speed and improve latency of data exchange among these data centers," Allen Fung, vice chairman and executive director at SUNeVISION, said in a statement.

"This also allows our customers to build resilience by having multiple hubs within our MEGA Campus," he added.

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About the Author(s)

Gigi Onag

Senior Editor, APAC, Light Reading

Gigi Onag is Senior Editor, APAC, Light Reading. She has been a technology journalist for more than 15 years, covering various aspects of enterprise IT across Asia-Pacific.

She started with regional IT publications under CMP Asia (now Informa), including Asia Computer Weekly, Intelligent Enterprise Asia and Network Computing Asia and Teledotcom Asia. This was followed by stints with Computerworld Hong Kong and sister publications FutureIoT and FutureCIO. She had contributed articles to South China Morning Post, TechTarget and PC Market among others.

She interspersed her career as a technology editor with a brief sojourn into public relations before returning to journalism, joining the editorial team of Mix Magazine, a MICE publication and its sister publication Business Traveller Asia Pacific.

Gigi is based in Hong Kong and is keen to delve deeper into the region’s wide wild world of telecoms.

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