Construction and testing is complete. Today, an internet cable connecting US to Japan goes online. The line stretches more than 5,500 miles, connecting the entire West Coats of the US to every major city in Japan.
The cable was built by FASTER, a consortium of six international companies, specifically starts in Oregen and ends in Chiba. FASTER is the first trans-Pacific submarine cable system designed from day one to support digital coherent transmission technology, using optimized fibers throughout the submarine portion.
The cable will deliver a staggering 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.
“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,” said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee.
“This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology,” 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.”
Construction of the system was announced in August 2014 by the FASTER consortium. The consortium consists of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel.