Verizon Business has launched service on the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) submarine cable network. The TPE had previously been activated on a preliminary basis to handle traffic from the Beijing Summer Olympics. The TPE was started by China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, Korea Telecom (KT Corp) and Chunghwa Telecom, and runs over 18,000 kilometres linking mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan with the US. The cable has an operating capacity of 3.2Tbps, allowing it to handle 77.5 million simultaneous calls. Access to Japan will come in the next phase of the TPE project.