Verizon activates multi-national TPE services

Verizon Business announced that it had activated service for multi-national customers aboard the Trans-Pacific Express submarine cable network that links the U.S. with mainland China, South Korea and Taiwan. Access to Japan will come in the next phase of the TPE project. The TPE had previously been activated on a preliminary basis to handle traffic from the Beijing Summer Olympics.

The TPE effort was started by China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, Korea Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom. The cable extends more than 11,000 miles (18,000 kilometers) and has an operating capacity of 3.2 Tbps, which is enough to handle 77.5 million simultaneous phone calls, Verizon said. The telco added that multi-national customers can now access the cable system at wavelengths of up to 10 Gbps.

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