New ATM link for corporations in Asia

A new 155Mbit-per-second ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) connection between Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia will provide businesses in the region with a better service for videoconferencing and multimedia applications, according to the service provider Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel).

SingTel will be extending its international ATM service coverage to Europe and other major Asia-Pacific destinations in the coming months, the company said late last week. The SingTel ATM service is already available to Japan and the US.

Deputy director of SingTel's business communications division, Quek Chin Swee said that the service is aimed at large companies operating in the Asia-Pacific region which either have demanding multimedia applications, or a large number of users competing for connectivity.

To cater for the two types of customers, SingTel ATM is offered in two categories: Constant Bit Rate (CBR) for delay-sensitive applications like voice and video, and Variable Bit Rate Non-Real-Time (VBR-NRT) which is suitable for non-time sensitive traffic such as file transfers.

SingTel said it is working with its overseas partners to provide corporate customers with multi-service applications on a single platform, customer network management, and customised solutions such as video applications, frame relay and IP (Internet Protocol) over ATM.

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