Fujitsu, Pacific Crossing say trans-Pacific network upgrade a success

MARCH 19, 2008 -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Pacific Crossing Ltd. have announced the successful completion of an upgrade project that more than doubles the capacity of the 21,000-km PC-1 trans-Pacific fiber-optic submarine cable network.

MARCH 19, 2008 -- Fujitsu Ltd. (search for Fujitsu) and Pacific Crossing Ltd. (search for Pacific Crossing) have announced the successful completion of an upgrade project that more than doubles the capacity of the 21,000-km PC-1 trans-Pacific fiber-optic submarine cable network.

The PC-1 cable network links the US and Japan. The system comprises four segments, each containing four fiber pairs. The four segments -- West, North, East, and South -- connect cable landing stations at Shima, Mie Prefecture; Ajigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture; Harbour Pointe, WA; and Grover Beach, CA. The ring system supports for linear and fully-protected services in bandwidth increments started from STM-1 to 10GbE as well as wave-level subscriptions.

The upgrade project, which began in September 2007, involved the installation of Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE S650 submarine WDM equipment in Pacific Crossing's cable landing stations and the upgrade of the overall capacity to 1.98 Tbits/sec, of which 1.01 Tbits/sec is available on the two trans-Pacific segments. The six-month contract was completed without any disruption to existing network traffic, the two parties said.

"The growing popularity of high-bandwidth Internet applications such as video and other forms of multimedia, interactive services, is driving bandwidth consumption on a global scale, and in particular, across the Pacific due to the growing economic importance of Asia," said Mark Simpson, CEO, Pacific Crossing. "The Fujitsu platform, combined with our industry-leading performance, network reliability, and flexible subscription options, now offers our customers an unmatched solution across the vast Pacific Ocean."

"Fujitsu develops high-performance, innovative solutions that are designed to extend the capabilities of our operator partners," said Dr. Terumi Chikama, corporate senior vice president, Fujitsu. "The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE S650 now enables Pacific Crossing to support dramatically higher bandwidth requirements while maintaining its industry-leading performance across the Pacific."

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