Two new companies – America’s AT&T and Japan’s NTT Communications – have joined
the TransPacific Express (TPE) Consortium, which is currently designing and
constructing an 18,000 km fiberoptic submarine cable between Asia Pacific and
the United States.
The new participants, which signed construction and maintainance agreements over
the past few weeks, will now join China Netcom, China Telecom, China Unicom,
Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom, and Verizon Business – the original TPE
With the addition of NTT, the Consotium now plans to include a cable link to
Japan, in addition to the initially planned landing sites of mainland China,
Taiwan, South Korea, and the United States.
The link from the Asian continent should be completed by March 2009, while the
transpacific connection between Japan and the United States will be up and
running in early 2010.
The TPE cable is said to be the first multiterabit optical connection directly
linking East Asia with the American mainland. It has a design capacity of up to
5.12 terabits per second.
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