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FASTER Fibre Cable to be built under the Pacific Ocean

Some of the World’s largest telecommunication companies have partnered together to build a fibre cable called FASTER under the Pacific Ocean between the US and Japan.

The six companies involved in the FASTER project are Google, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, SingTel and KDDI with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The companies have agreed that the FASTER network will connect between Chikura and Shima in Japan and the West Coast of US covering San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle.

FASTER is expected to cost approximately $300 Million but is being built to address “the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route”. The FASTER fibre cable will “feature the latest high-quality six-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x six fibre-pairs).” This 60 terabytes per second cable would be able to send “more than 2,000 uncompressed HD films a second”.

Naoki Yoshida, General Manager of NEC’s Submarine Network Division has said that the “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.” Construction is due to start in the next few months and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The Chairman of the FASTER committee has been quoted saying “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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