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New trans-Pacific submarine cable system launched

Adrian M. Reodique | July 4, 2016
The 9,000km FASTER cable system links Oregon in the U.S. and Japan.

The FASTER cable system has started its service last Thursday (30 June 2016).

The new trans-Pacific submarine cable system is a project by FASTER - a consortium of six international companies including China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, and Singtel - and its supplier NEC Corporation. 

"From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, Faster and FASTER', and at one point it became the project name and today it becomes a reality. This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support" said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee.

According to FASTER, the 9,000km cable system is designed to deliver 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth through a six-fibre pair cable across the Pacific.

It will land in Oregon in the United States, and has extended connections to major hubs in the West Coast of the U.S. in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and Seattle.

It will also land in  in the Chiba and Mie prefectures, which will facilitate the cable's easy access to major cities in Japan. Since the system is connected to neighbouring cable systems in Asia, it can extend its capacity beyond Japan to other locations in the region, said FASTER.

"This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. We are honoured that the consortium entrusted us to build FASTER. Although we faced many challenges during the construction, I am truly glad that we were able to overcome these and to welcome this day," said Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for FASTER at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region."


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