A consortium consisting of six international companies, including Google have announced the completion of a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system. The system is called the Faster Cable System and services are scheduled to start from today. The 9,000km long cable connects Oregon, USA, with two landing points in Japan, namely Chiba and Mie prefectures. The system extends further into the US and connects major hubs along the West Coast of the country. According to a statement released by the NEC, Faster is the first trans-Pacific submarine cable system designed to support digital coherent transmission technology from day one. Further, the system is capable of delivering 60 Terabits per second of bandwidth via a six-fiber pair cable. The system was announced back in 2014 and besides Google, the consortium comprises of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global, Transit, KDDI, and Singtel.
Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for Faster at NEC’s Submarine Network Division stated, “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.” He added that this cable will not only benefit the US and Japan, but also the entire Asia-Pacific region. Recently, Microsoft and Facebook joined forces to build undersea cable across the Atlantic Ocean.