FASTER and NEC Corporation has announced that testing of the new trans-Pacific submarine cable system – the FASTER Cable System – has been completed and it will go online starting June 30. The new undersea Internet cable is partly funded by Google and connects Japan with the US.
The construction of the Internet cable was announced in August 2014 by the FASTER consortium. The FASTER consortium consists of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel. NEC Corporation is the supplier.
“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 a 9,000km trans-Pacific cablestrethes from Oregon in the United States to Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan. FASTER enables six-fiber pair cable to deliver 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.
“This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. We are honored 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,” said Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for FASTER at NEC’s Submarine Network Division.
“This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region.”