Verizon trans-Pacific cable progresses

Verizon Business has earned approval from the Federal Communications Commission to operate a trans-Pacific cable to run from the West coast of the United States to China and neighboring countries. Verizon announced the cable project more than a year ago, and when finished this August, it is intended to initially be capable of 1.28 terabits-per-second transmission.

The FCC authorization comes at a time when several new trans-Pacific cable projects are in the works, and operators of existing cables are looking to boost capacity. However, most existing west-bound submarine cables terminate in Japan, while new projects are aimed at heading directly to China or Southeast Asia, to support the bandwidth to and from countries and regions that weren't major sources of Internet traffic until fairly recently. Verizon's project should provide more fodder for the bandwidth optimists who have been urging the world's network operators to keep the capacity coming.

For more:
- see this story in Network World

Related articles:
- FierceTelecom recently talked to TeleGeography about the trans-Pacific cable market 

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