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AT&T, NTT joins Trans-Pacific Consortium

Posted: 27 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:broadband connection? fiber-optic cable? submarine communications?

The Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) Consortium members working on an 18,000km fiber-optic submarine communications cable between the Asia-Pacific region and the United States have welcomed two new members: AT&T and NTT Communications Corp.

AT&T and NTT are joining the original six membersChina Netcom, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom and Verizon Business.

The two new members signed construction and maintenance agreements on Feb. 28 and Mar. 14, respectively, to participate in the consortium. With the addition of NTT, the TPE cable will add a subsea cable link to Japan. TPE landing sites also are located in mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea and the United States.

The TPE cable is the first multi-terabit optical cable directly linking the U.S. mainland and East Asia, with a design capacity of up to 5.12Tbit/s.

Internet, video and data traffic has been growing at an exceptional pace over the past few years. The number of broadband Internet users, along with the average size of the content needed by users, has dramatically increased the amount of Internet traffic around the world. Enterprise and large-business users also require higher speeds and greater capacity on network routes to deliver voice, video and data across the globe as they continue to expand their business globally. The TPE will support current and future needs for high-speed traffic, as well as enhance reliability by securing route diversity from other submarine cables between the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.

The segment to be added as the result of NTT joining the TPE Consortium this month is the additional link to Japan, which is expected to be completed in March 2009, and the Japan-to-United States link to be completed in early 2010 (subject to regulatory approvals).

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