TE SubCom said yesterday that the supply contract for the Jupiter Cable system has come into force. The project's partners include the Asian carriers PLDT, NTT Communications, PCCW Global, and Softbank, and the US-based tech giants Facebook and Amazon.
If it all comes down as planned, the Jupiter cable system will stretch 14,000km between Los Angeles on the US West Coast, Maruyama and Shima in Japan and DAET in the Philippines. The design capacity will be 60Tbps initially, though as electronics advance I'm sure that will as well.
The Jupiter cable system will add diversity to US-Japan-Philippines routes, and is the latest in a series of projects in which US tech giants are playing a growing public role. The target date is sometime in 2020, but there's a lot of steps in between to get through first.