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NEC bags APCN2 submarine cable upgrade deal

Posted: 14 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:submarine network? Asia Pacific telecom? fiber-optic cable?

NEC Corp. has signed a contract with a consortium of 14 major telecom operators to upgrade a large scale submarine cable network, the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2). The multi million-dollar deal calls for the world's first 40Gbit/s dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) capacity upgrade.

APCN2, which has over 19,000km of cable that connects 10 landing stations in the Asia Pacific, was originally supplied by NEC in 2001 with a 10Gbit/s DWDM system design. In response to the rising transmission demands in the region, NEC proposed its state-of-the-art 40Gbit/s DWDM technology as a dramatic enhancement and expansion to the capacity of the existing submarine cable network. NEC estimates that by adding 40Gbit/s wavelengths, the cable's capacity can be enlarged by as much as four times its original ultimate design capacity of 2.56Tbit/s.

"We are honored that the APCN2 purchasing consortium has again selected us as their capacity upgrade supplier. This upgrade is indeed a significant step for NEC, as we demonstrate our ability to provide high-quality and state-of-the-art 40Gbit/s DWDM products and services for a series of demanding clients," commented Osamu Harada, general manager of NEC's submarine networks.

The upgrade is scheduled for completion by Q2 11.

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