Chunghwa taps NEC for new subsea cable

Dylan Bushell-Embling
29 Jan 2013

Chunghwa Telecom has contracted NEC to build a subsea cable linking Taiwan's main land mass with several groups of islands.

NEC revealed it has won a “multi-million dollar” deal to deploy a 510km cable system, which will connect North and South Taiwan with the Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu archipelagos which form part of the Taiwan district.

The Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) subsea cable will be used to help meet growing demand for domestic voice and internet capacity.

NEC helped Chunghwa deploy the TPKM2 cable system in 2000.

NEC recently completed what it claimed was the world's first successful trial of 1Tbps “superchannels” over 100G subsea cables acting as sub-carriers.

In separate subsea cable news, Tata Communications late last week announced plans to upgrade its TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) system to 100G using Ciena's GeoMesh technology.

The first phase will involve upgrading the TGN-A's London to New York route to 100G. Tata plans for the upgraded route to be in full service in 1H13.

This will be the first 100G upgrade on Tata Comm's subsea cable network. The Tata Communications Global Network (TGN) spans around 210,000km of terrestrial and subsea fiber, and connects countries accounting for 99.7% of global GDP.

In March 2012, Tata launched two subsea cables that completed its round-the-world cable network ring.

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