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NEC to Build 60 Terabit/sec Trans-Pacific Cable System

This week a consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million.

Trans-Pacific route of FASTER

Trans-Pacific route of FASTER

FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” said Woohyong Choi, the chairman of the FASTER executive committee. “These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications. The consortium partners are glad to work together to add a new cable to our global infrastructure. The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world. The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”

In order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route, FASTER will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs).

Construction of FASTER will begin immediately and the system is targeted to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016.

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