Pacnet, which was formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet and which describes itself as Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, has selected NEC Corporation to carry out a multi-million upgrade to its 9,620km EAC Pacific Cable Network (EAC Pacific). The submarine link, which represents two of the five fibre pairs of the Unity Cable System, connects Chikura, Chiba, off the coast of Japan near Tokyo, to Los Angeles, California. It has capacity of 1.92Tbps and went live in April 2010. Pacnet is experiencing rising demand for connectivity between Asia and North America and hopes to benefit from NEC’s 300Gbps upgrade of the system. The upgrade is scheduled to be implemented in several phases, with the final phase slated to be ready for commercial service by June 2011. ‘The latest upgrade … enables us with the potential to double EAC Pacific’s design capacity through the use of latest 40G technologies,’ says Wilfred Kwan, chief technology officer of Pacnet.
According to TeleGeography research director Alan Mauldin, ‘Our latest research indicates that Trans Pacific demand is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 50% between 2010 and 2016. To meet this demand, we have forecast that an additional 64Tbps of capacity will be required across the Pacific.’