Asia's fastest cable links Tokyo to Singapore

  • A new high-speed undersea data cable has opened to Asian traffic, connecting Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

    The 4,850-mile Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) transfers data via an optical fiber system at 40 gigabits per second.

    It is three milliseconds faster than any other cable between Singapore and Tokyo and could be vital to financial trades made within region.

    "As all incoming data is received by all banks at the same time, and because the computers are all the same with the same speed of processors, the length of time the command takes to get to the exchange makes a big difference…So if all banks come to the same trading decision at the same time, the one to get the transaction to the master computer first wins.” said Ralph Silva, a strategist at Silva Research Network.