NEC Puts FASTER Cable System into Operation

Japan-based NEC Corporation has completed the ‘FASTER’ submarine fiber optic cable system and put it into service on June 30. The cable system owned by a consortium of six major international companies was tested for end-to-end reliability and transmission by NEC before the start of the operation. The new trans-Pacific submarine cable system spans 9,000 kilometers.

The FASTER Cable system lands in Oregon in the United States and two landing points in Japan, namely Chiba and Mie prefectures. The submarine cable has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the U.S. covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and Seattle. The two landing points in Japan facilitate the cable’s easy access to major cities in Japan. FASTER’s robust and resilient connectivity to many neighboring cable systems extends the cable’s capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations.

A press release from NEC says, FASTER is the first trans-Pacific submarine cable system designed to support digital coherent transmission technology, using optimized fibers throughout the submarine portion. The combination of extremely low loss fiber, without a dispersion compensation section, and the latest digital signal processor, which compensates for the huge amount of cumulative dispersion at the end of the cable, enable this six-fiber pair cable to deliver 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.

FASTER was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology.  This new submarine fiber cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region. Construction of the system was announced in August 2014 by the FASTER consortium, consisting of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, and Singtel.

China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the China Mobile Group. The company is responsible for the operation of China Mobile’s international business. Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI provides a full range of comprehensive international telecommunications services which include IDD, roaming, data, MNC solutions, and Value Added Services across the globe. CMI aims to bring customers with seamless, carefree, borderless digital life.

China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation Limited to manage its international business. Headquartered in Hong Kong, CTG’s global network platform spans Asia, Americas, and the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region, offering world-class integrated communication services to multinational businesses, telecommunication service providers and overseas Chinese consumers around the world. Our comprehensive communication and ICT solutions deliver industry-leading resilience, speed, and diversity to meet the high-level requirements of our customers and partners. China Telecom’s international operation has presences in 31 countries and regions around the world.

Global Transit (GTL) connects Asia to the rest of the world through its award-winning international bandwidth solutions. A 100% subsidiary of Malaysia-based TIME dotCom, GTL provides customers with unrivaled land and sea fiber connectivity that spans Asia, Europe, and the United States. From holding major points-of-presence in key cities in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to owning stakes in several subsea cable systems like Unity and the Asia Pacific Gateway, GTL is well-positioned to serve regional carriers, mobile operators and Internet Service Providers.

With more than 40 million subscribers, KDDI is Japan’s second-largest mobile operator. Furthermore, together with its subsidiaries, now KDDI is the only Japanese ICT solution company that provides comprehensive services for consumers and corporate clients. With services from fixed to mobile communications and solutions, “TELEHOUSE” data centers and broadcasting, KDDI aims to be a company that creates new styles for customer’s lives and corporate activities from local communities overseas with communication as its base.

Singtel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as Infocomm technology and pay-TV. The Group has a presence in Asia, Australia, and Africa with over 595 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the United States.

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.

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