SEA-US cable project takes two steps forward

Rob Powell
17 Jan 2017

The next transpacific cable system appears to be approaching the finish line. SEA-US has had two announcements over the last day or two detailing the progress of the buildout of the necessary infrastructure.

SEA-US will stretch 15,000km between California and Indonesia, stopping off in Hawaii, the Philippines, and Guam along the way.

The $250 million system bypasses the usual destinations in northern Asia, connecting with southeast Asia directly and providing some key diversity as well as some 20Tbps or capacity.

The cable has already come ashore at Hermosa Beach on the California coast, and the cable ship is laying fiber on the way out to Honolulu, with arrival expected next month.

Yesterday, Hawaiian Telecom announced that the cable system has secured its FCC license for its landing there. The company has invested $25 million in the cable system along with a $500 million investment in nextgen fiber network reach throughout Hawaii.

Meanwhile, CoreSite says that its Los Angeles data centers have been chosen as the access point for the cable system in southern California. Their LA1 data center at One Wilshire and the nearby LA2 also in downtown Los Angeles were probably a simple choice for the task, given their position in that market.

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