Online news portal BusinessKorea reports that South Korean telecoms operator KT Corp is to construct a major submarine Pacific Ocean cable link, connecting Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. To this end, on 24 September the carrier inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the other four countries involved in the project, as Asian and North American telecoms operators look to meet rising demand for stable telecoms services between the two continents. The final build plan for the new cable is due to be published in early-2014 following a feasibility study on the optimal route, with major mobile operators and equipment makers in each country leading the charge to make the link operational from Q4 2015.
According to the report, the new cable will connect four Asian cities – including Busan and Shanghai – with two cities in the western region of the US. Alongside KT, a number of other players have already expressed an interest in participating in the 15,000km network build, such as China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom.