Global consortium to build ‘FASTER’ trans-Pacific cable system

12 Aug 2014

Japan’s NEC Corporation has announced its selection as systems supplier for the proposed new trans-Pacific cable system, dubbed ‘FASTER’, being constructed by a consortium of six global telecoms companies. The new 60Tbps system, which will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan, is expected to be ready-for-service in Q2 2016, and will cost approximately USD300 million to deploy. The six firms making up the consortium are: China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit (owned by Malaysia’s TIME dotCom), Google, Japan’s KDDI and Singapore’s SingTel. The name FASTER was adopted to represent the cable system’s purpose of meeting rising demand for data traffic in the region.