The seabed of the Atlantic Ocean looks like it will have another big cable system installed sometime in the next few years. NEC says it has been contracted by Facebook to build the new cable system between the US and Europe, although the details of where this cable will actually land on either end was not mentioned.
What was mentioned, however, was the fact that the cable will consist of 24 fiber pairs and repeaters, NEC’s new subsea product. That will boost the design capacity by 50% over the more usual 16 fiber pairs, putting the total at above 500Tbps or half a petabit per second. NEC’s subsidiary OCC will handle the actual manufacture of the cable.
Beyond that there are only questions regarding what this cable will be connecting and the route it will take. But the source of the demand isn’t in question, given forecasts of twenty-fold bandwidth growth over the next 15 years.
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