FASTER, the codename for the new trans-Pacific cable project, was first announced in August 2014. This project is led by a consortium of Internet companies which includes the following:
- Global Transit, a Malaysian fixed-line Telco solutions provider that is now part of the TIME dotcom Berhad (TIME) group (nothing to do with Time, the magazine company);
- China Telecom Global, one of the three leading telecom operators in China and one of the world’s largest providers of telecommunications services with international footprint in Hong Kong, the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East;
- Singtel (Singapore Telecommunications Limited), a Singaporean telecommunications company with a combined mobile subscriber of 500 million customers and regional associates in 25 countries, making it one of the largest mobile network operators in Singapore and the 20th to 30th largest in the world;
- China Mobile International, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile Limited and the world’s largest telecommunications operator of network scale, customer base and market value which is headquartered in Hong Kong and representative offices in Beijing, United States and United Kingdom;
- KDDI Corporation, a Japanese telecommunications company.
The Faster project also partnered with Japanese global networking and IT company NEC to assist in the construction of the cable system. With its completion, Faster is expected to deliver up to 60 terabits per second of bandwidth using its six, low-loss fiber cables.
In a press release, the 9,000 kilometer cable system will provide capacity to support a four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America, especially for high capacity requirements of cloud, video streaming, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Faster cable system lands in Oregon in the United States and the Chiba perfecture and Mie perfecture in Japan. The U.S. landing point covers Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. Faster employs the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology.
With Singtel as a consortium partner of the Faster project, this means the Philippines, including its peering partners in other countries such as India, Indonesia and Thailand, benefit from the fast connectivity between the United States and Asia. No information has yet been released by the two telecommunications giants – Globe and PLDT – about the advantages of the Faster project.
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