NEC has constructed over 200,000km of subsea cables over the last 30 years [Credit: NEC]

New Trans-Pacific subsea cable backed by Google

A new subsea cable from Japan to the USA backed by Google will help address growing data traffic demands on the Trans-Pacific route.

The FASTER cable network, which will be supplied by Japanese firm NEC, will connect the West Coast of the US to two landing locations at Chikura and Shima in Japan and will cost roughly $300m.

Featuring the latest high-quality 6-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, the route will have an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s. Construction is due to begin immediately and the system should be up and running during the second quarter of 2016.

“NEC Corporation is proud to be the system supplier for the FASTER cable system, a state-of-the-art long-haul system that will provide additional connectivity and capacity between regions of the world that increasingly require more bandwidth," said Naoki Yoshida, general manager at NEC’s submarine network division.

“Backed by more than 30 years of experience in constructing over 200,000km of cables, NEC is one of the world’s top vendors of submarine cable systems.”

The six-company consortium behind the project is comprised of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel.

According to NEC, the cable system will feature seamless connectivity to neighbouring cable systems across Asia and connections in the US will extend the system to major hubs on the West Coast such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Woohyong Choi, chairman of the FASTER executive committee said: "FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world.

“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.”

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