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AT&T signs on with new submarine cable consortium

AT&T Inc. today announced plans to increase the scope of the company's global network by joining a consortium to bu...


March 25, 2008  


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AT&T Inc. today announced plans to increase the scope of the company’s global network by joining a consortium to build a submarine cable network, named Trans-Pacific Express (TPE), that links Japan, mainland China, Korea, Taiwan and North America.

The network can carry up to 5.12 terabits per second (Tbps) over a total of 18,000 kilometers. A China-U.S. route is scheduled to be operating by August 2008, followed by the launch of a Japan-China route in March 2009.

AT&T signed an agreement last year to help build the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system, which is the first high-bandwidth optical-fiber submarine cable system that goes from Southeast Asia direct to North America.