AUGUST 31, 2009 -- Australia Japan Cable (AJC), operator of the AJC cable system between Japan and Australia, and Pacific Crossing Ltd. (PCL), the operator of the pan-Pacific PC-1, have announced the launch of their Gigabit Ethernet Service for carrier, enterprise, and ISP customers looking for connectivity options between Australia and North America.
Both companies had announced Gigabit Ethernet offerings on their own networks earlier in the year. "Testing together with AJC was hugely successful and proved our joint capability to deliver an Ethernet service that the industry has come to expect," said Seth Davis, PCL CTO. "Partnering together, AJC and PCL can offer standard 1-Gigabit and 10-Gigabit interfaces together with the flexibility of scalable capacity from 150 Mbps (STM-1) up to the full size of the port interface."
"The expansion of our Ethernet service to include our partnership with PCL and deliver services all the way to the US is an evolutionary step in our product strategy," said Chris Kessikidis, AJC's commercial director. "Additionally we have established relationships with Australian backhaul providers enabling the ability to deliver these services all the way to the customer's premise."
Testing of the Gigabit Ethernet service on the AJC and PC1 networks confirmed transmission performance up to the full rate and for frames up to a jumbo size of 9224 bytes.
AJC is a 12,700-km optical fiber ring submarine cable network, directly connecting Australia and Japan, via Guam. AJC is equipped with DWDM technology providing 10-Gbps wavelengths with a design capacity of up to 64 waves per fiber pair. SDH capacity is provided including automatic network protection with ring and span switching in accordance with ITU-T Rec. G.841 MS SPRING in the event of terminal equipment or cable or repeater faults.
The network is equipped to 240 Gbps with a current capability of over 1000Bit/s enabling further upgrades as required.
The 21,000km PC-1 subsea fiber-optic network ring connects the U.S. and Japan, supported by extensive backhaul into major U.S. and Japanese cities.