Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 47 - Page 66


NEC to build transatlantic cable connecting US and Europe

NEC Corporation has announced that it has been contracted by Facebook to build an ultra-high performance transatlantic subsea fibre-optic cable connecting the US and Europe .

Until recently , subsea cable was composed of 16 fibre pairs at most , but today , by using NEC ' s newly developed 24 fibre pair cable and repeaters , a system can deliver a maximum transmission capacity of a half Petabit per second , the highest to date for a long distance repeatered optical subsea cable system . International data usage across the Atlantic is expected to expand 20- fold in the 15 years between 2021 and 2035 .
The region ranks among the highest growth geographies for data traffic demand , bringing ever-greater demands to reduce the cost per bit on subsea cable networks .
NEC has been a leading supplier of submarine cable systems for more than 50 years and has built more than 300,000 km of cable , spanning the earth nearly eight times .
NEC is well-established as a reliable partner in the submarine cable field as a system integrator that provides all aspects of submarine cable operations , including the manufacture and installation of optical submarine cables and repeaters , provision of ocean surveys and route designs , training and delivery testing .
NEC ' s subsidiary OCC Corporation manufactures subsea optical cables capable of withstanding water pressures at ocean depths beyond 8,000 meters . p
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