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Maybe Karaoke is popular in Hong Kong as well. The Internet community there will soon enjoy eight times the bandwidth for downloading all sorts of goodies, now that Level 3 has received final approval of its application to build and land its Hong Kong to Japan cable. The company will now begin the physical process of laying the undersea cable.

The cable line is scheduled to be completed by 2Q 2001. In Tokyo, it will interconnect with a cross-Pacific cable connecting Japan to Level 3's network in the United States.

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