SINGAPORE: The construction and end-to-end testing of a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, the FASTER cable system, has been successfully completed and will start service on Jun 30, the FASTER consortium and supplier NEC announced on Wednesday (Jun 29).
The consortium consists of Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google and KDDI.
“The completion of the FASTER cable system will provide capacity to support the expected four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America," said Mr Ooi Seng Keat, vice president, Carrier Services of Singtel Group Enterprise.
“The cable system provides continuous connectivity and sufficiently high capacity for cloud, video streaming, analytics and the Internet of Things, that will help spur innovation on both sides of the Pacific to stimulate the growth of the digital economy," he added.
"The state-of-the-art FASTER cable system will provide additional connectivity and capacity between regions of the world that increasingly require more bandwidth," added Mr Kenichi Yoneyama, chief project manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation.
In a separate press release, NEC said that the 9,000km FASTER Cable System can deliver 60 Terabits per second of bandwidth across the Pacific Ocean. The system lands in Oregon in the United States and has two landing points in Japan, the Chiba and Mie prefectures.
"This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology," said Mr 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."
In 2014, it was reported that the total investment by the six-firm consortium was approximately US$300 million (S$375 million).