Pacific Crossing completes PC-1 North route repair and recovery

Pacific Crossing, a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corp., has completed repair on the North route of the PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system, which links Ajigaura, Japan, with Harbour Pointe, Wa. The North and West routes of PC-1 were damaged during the Tohoku Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The West route is expected to be restored in late June.

Pacific Crossing, a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corp., has completed repair on the North route of the PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system, which links Ajigaura, Japan, with Harbour Pointe, Wa. The North and West routes of PC-1 were damaged during the Tohoku Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The West route is expected to be restored in late June.

To meet customer demand for bandwidth on the PC-1 cable system, the cable restoration includes upgraded system capacity and enhanced Ethernet service. The PC-1 system upgrade in 2010 pushed the lit capacity of the cable to more than 1.3Tbps (terabits per second). With the current upgrade, Pacific Crossing has added more wavelengths to boost transpacific capacity to 1.8Tbps.
“Pacific Crossing has recovered its service on PC-1 North route despite its extensive damage near the epicenter of the Tohoku earthquake on March 11,” explains Takahiro Sumimoto, chief executive officer of Pacific Crossing. “The PC-1 North route recovered from the earthquake, and we increased capacity to support further traffic growth, especially for financial industry customers who deploy time-sensitive applications on our cable systems.”
An NTT Communications company, Pacific Crossing provides a low-latency network infrastructure between the United States and Japan, including extensive backhaul and Internet networks at both ends.
“We will continue the restoration work on PC-1 West until we fully recover our cable system. Pacific Crossing will keep investing in our network infrastructure and services in order to further strengthen our high-quality offerings,” Sumimoto adds.

Key specifications of the PC-1 Trans-Pacific System
Total length: 21,000km
Configuration: Protected ring & wavelengths
Systems architecture: DWDM on 4 fiber pairs
Landing stations: Harbour Pointe, WA; Grover Beach, CA; Ajigaura, Japan; Shima, Japan

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