February 08, 2013
TE SubCom Completes Upgrade to Trans-Pacific Express Cable System
By Mini Swamy
With the growth of the Internet, more devices are connecting to networks, more users are online and more data-ridden services are triggering an almost inexhaustible appetite for increased bandwidth. Further, the transpacific market, more specifically northern Asia, is experiencing a dramatic increase in demand for capacity.
Enter TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity (News - Alert) Ltd. Company, and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology. It has reportedly completed yet another long-haul upgrade to the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) submarine cable system.
“We are able to complete an upgrade that best positions TPE to provide essential bandwidth to one of the fastest growing telecom markets in the world,” noted Qian Zhong, managing director, TE SubCom in a statement.
Using its extensive resources and technical familiarity with the system and its route, TE SubCom designed and implemented a flexible system that was capable of meeting the exponential increase in demand. The upgrade to the system apparently brings an increase of over one terabit per second of capacity.
In 2008, the cable system was the first multi-terabit cable system to directly connect four countries/regions between North East Asia and North America and that set the ball rolling for new development in intercontinental telecommunications.
Further, TPE is touted as being the first new flexible cable system to cater to the increased demand for communication between Eastern Asia and North America. Five cable landing stations located in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan link the two regions.
“TE SubCom maintains our commitment to provide the largest cross-sectional capacity on long-haul networks,” added Zhong.
In related company news, recently TE SubCom successfully demonstrated 100 GB/s per wavelength coherent transmission over a Trans-Atlantic submarine cable system that was constructed in 2001.
Edited by Jamie Epstein
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