Pacnet employs NEC for EAC submarine cable upgrade

Pacnet, a combination of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet, is putting NEC to work for its multimillion-dollar upgrade of its 9,620-kilometer EAC Pacific Cable Network (EAC Pacific).

As one of many new cable systems that went live in the past year, the EAC Pacific system represents two of the five fiber pairs in the Unity Cable System, linking Chikura, Chiba, off the coast of Japan near Tokyo, to Los Angeles, Ca. Set to be carried out in several phases, Pacnet says the final piece of the network will be ready for commercial service this June.

What's driving the need for the 300 Gbps upgrade is the obvious need for new connectivity options between and North America and Asia.

Alan Mauldin, TeleGeography research director, said that "Trans Pacific demand is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 50 percent between 2010 and 2016," and "to meet this demand, we have forecast that an additional 64 Tbps of capacity will be required across the Pacific."

For more:
- TeleGeography has this article

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