Mitsubishi Electric says that it has signed a contract to upgrade the Asia America Gateway to 40G. The job entails upgrading installing submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries, which will take the total design capacity up to 5.2Tbps. One would think it might take longer to chew through the capacity of a new state of the art cable, but apparently traffic growth across the pacific has been quite healthy of late if an upgrade is already warranted.
The 20,000km Asia America Gateway cable system just came online about two years ago, offering the first direct connection between seven countries in Southeast Asia and North America. The consortium partners behind the upgrade include AT&T, Brunei International Gateway, CAT Telecom, PLDT, StarHub, TM, Telstra and VNPT.
Mitsubishi Electric performed a similar 40G coherent upgrade on TAT-14 not long ago. No mention of 100G just yet, but of course I'm sure it's in the wings somewhere.
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