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Proving that telecommunications security is a two-way street, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) said on Tuesday that it has entered an agreement with five international telecommunications carriers to build a ultra high-speed cable system worth $300 million (see DW: Google: Now it’s Transpacific Fiber).

The submarine system, named Unity, will link the United States to Japan across 10,000 km (6,200 miles).

Other carriers involved in the project include Google as well as Bharti Airtel, Globe Transit, KDDI and Pacnet. The Unity cable will run along the ocean floor, from Los Angeles to Chikura, Japan, where it will connect into other networks.

Each pair of fiber cables are capable of carrying up to 960 gigabytes per second, about the equivalent of bandwidth needed for 15 million simultaneous voice calls. The line is expected to initially increase trans-Pacific “lit” cable capacity by about 20 percent, and could potentially add up to 7.68 terabytes per second of bandwidth across the Pacific. The cable system is expected to be ready for service in the first quarter of 2010.

Other recent submarine cable systems announcements include:

Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL) owns and operates the world’s only independent, trans-pacific subsea network between the United States and Japan.

Fiber-optic cable capacity across the Pacific is expected to increase 96 percent from 2007 through the end of this year, said Alan Mauldin, research director with Washington-based research firm TeleGeography.

By the end of 2007, 25 oceanic fiber contracts totaling 112,000 route-kilometers were awarded.

Related DailyWireless articles include; Mediterranean Submarine Cables Cut, Fifth Submarine Cable Damaged, Fiber Crosses the Pond, Verizon’s TransPacific Express and Google: Now it’s Transpacific Fiber

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