The trans-Pacific bandwidth market officially has a new cable system with which to meet demand. NEC said today that construction and testing of the FASTER Cable System has been completed, meeting its promised Q2 date with one extra day in hand.
FASTER stretches 9,000km from the coast of Oregon over to two landing points in Japan, and is the product of a consortium of six companies. Five of those are big Asian telecom players (China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel), and the other is of course Google. These six did not waste much time, as the project was initially announced less than two years ago.
The FASTER system has six fiber pairs with an initial theoretical capacity of 60Tbps, utilizing the latest in 100Gbps coherent technology. From its landing in Oregon it stretches south with direct connections to Los Angeles and the Bay Area as well as to nearby Portland/Hillsboro and north to Seattle.