Carriers from South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan will sign a deal later this month to connect their Internet circuits, KDD President Tadashi Nishimoto said Oct. 2.DACOM Corp. of South Korea, Telstra Corp. of Australia, Hong Kong Telecommunications and KDD will sign a memorandum in the middle of this month to set up Asia Pacific Internet Community. The new network aims to handle Internet traffic without passing through the U.S. and to offer reliable and high-quality telecommunications, a company spokesman said. Currently, when Internet traffic bottlenecks between two Asian countries, connections are usually put through via the United States, which has the largest Internet capacity.

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