NEC Corp. (TSE: 6701) and Belau Submarine Cable Corp. (BSCC) say that construction of a new submarine cable connecting the Republic of Palau to Guam is ready for service. The link to Guam, via the SEA-US undersea cable, will also provide onward connectivity to Asia, North America, and the rest of the world.
With an initial design capacity of 500 Gbps, the Palau Spur uses NEC's 100-Gbps technology, and interconnects with the existing SEA-US undersea cable from a branching unit located between the Philippines and Guam, says NEC. The SEA-US submarine cable currently links the Philippines and Indonesia to the United States' west coast via Guam and Hawaii (see "SEA-US undersea cable system bringing broadband speeds to Hawaii is ready for service").
The President of the Republic of Palau, His Excellency E. Tommy Remengesau, Jr. announced BSCC is open for business at a "Ready for Service" celebration held at the National Museum in Koror, Palau.
"This marks the completion of critical national infrastructure, that has already made its presence felt in improved services, and will continue to support the sustainable development of Palau long into the future as technologies evolve," said President Remengesau.
"Yesterday, this island nation was still dependent on satellite communications, but from today, this new cable will bring information at the speed of light, improving the quality of life for those living in and traveling to Palau," added Toru Kawauchi, NEC's Submarine Network Division general manager.
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