First China-US Undersea Cable Begins Service

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BEIJING, Jan. 11 -- China Telecom has begun service on one path of the planned China-US Cable Network, the first undersea fiber optic cable network to directly link the two nations. The system, which is configured as a ring network, will have two landing points in China, in the US, and in Japan, and one landing point each in Korea, Taiwan, and Guam. The 16,000-mile system has a total capacity of 80 Gb/s, making it eight times larger than the existing Trans-Pacific Cable Network; it is one of the largest of its kind ever constructed, with 967,680 circuits. It is estimated that the total cost...Read full article

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