Thursday, February 28, 2008


Project Unity

10.000km of underseas cable that potentially can send 7.68 Terabits per second across the Pacific....

This new 10,000 kilometer (km) Trans-Pacific cable will provide connectivity between Chikura, located off the coast near Tokyo, to Los Angeles and other West Coast network points of presence.  At Chikura, Unity will be seamlessly connected to other cable systems, further enhancing connectivity into Asia.

The Unity consortium selected NEC Corporation and Tyco Telecommunications to construct and install the system during a signing ceremony held in Tokyo on February 23, 2008.  Construction will begin immediately, with initial capacity targeted to be available in the first quarter of 2010.

The new five fiber pair cable system can be expanded up to eight fiber pairs, with each fiber pair capable of carrying up to 960 Gigabits per second (Gbps).  By having a high fiber count, Unity is able to offer more capacity at lower unit costs.

I feel old. It wasn't that long ago that a few Kbit/s was fast

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