The ‘Faster Cable System’, a subsea internet cable stretching between Japan and America, is due to start operating today to boost data speeds and capacity.
Faster is a consortium of six international companies which notably includes Google along with several Chinese and Asian network operators.
Construction on the 9,000km trans-Pacific cable with supplier NEC has been completed and end-to-end testing carried out.
The cable stretches from Oregon in the United States to two landing points in Japan: Chiba and Mie.
The system has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the US covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle.
The two landing points in Japan facilitate the cable's easy access to major Japanese cities. Faster also says that its ‘robust and resilient connectivity’ to many neighbouring cable systems extends its capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations.
It is the first trans-Pacific submarine cable system designed from inception to support digital coherent transmission technology by using optimised fibres throughout the submarine portion.
The combination of extremely low data loss fibre and the latest digital signal processor, which compensates for the huge amount of cumulative dispersion at the end of the cable, enable this six-fibre pair cable to deliver 60 terabits per second (Tbit/s) of bandwidth across the Pacific.
"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.
"This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbit/s digital coherent optical transmission technology,” said Kenichi Yoneyama, project manager for Faster.
“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. This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region."
Construction of the system was first announced in August 2014 by the Faster consortium which includes China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel.