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Singtel joins global consortium to build new trans-Pacific cable system

  • “FASTER” submarine network capable of 60 Terabits per second bandwidth data capacity

Singapore,  11  August  2014  –  A  consortium  of  six  global  companies  have  signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.

The FASTER cable network, to be completed by the second quarter of 2016, will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount invested is approximately US$300 million.

To address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the trans-Pacific route, FASTER will feature the latest high- quality 6-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60 Terabits per second1.

This new cable system will land at Chikura and Shima in Japan and provide seamless connectivity to many neighboring cable systems in Japan. Connections in the United States will extend the system to major hubs across the West Coast covering Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

The  consortium  comprises  China  Mobile  International,  China  Telecom  Global,  Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel. The name FASTER was adopted to represent the cable system’s purpose of rapidly serving traffic demands.

Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services of Singtel Group Enterprise said: “Singtel is pleased to be part of a consortium which is constructing one of the highest capacity cable systems to be built. FASTER can transmit an equivalent of 12,000 high- definition movies every second across the Pacific Ocean. It will facilitate the delivery of broadband-heavy applications, video and contents to meet the future needs of consumers and  enterprises.  This  cutting-edge  cable  system  will  enable  Singtel  to  provide  our customers with greater network diversity and resilience, and reinforce our position as the leading provider of international data services in the region.”

1 100 Gigabits per second x 100 wavelengths x 6 fibre pairs or t he equivalent of 60,000 Gigabits per second

Mr Woohyong Choi, Chairman of the FASTER executive committee, said: “FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world.  These  cables  collectively  form  an  important  infrastructure  that  helps  run  global Internet and communications. The consortium partners are glad to work together to add a new cable to our global infrastructure. The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world. The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”