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Underwater network linking Asia with U.S. to start Mon.

TOKYO, Jan. 6 Kyodo

Forty-five telecommunications carriers from around the world will kick off Monday the operations of a vast underwater cable network linking China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and the United States, KDD Corp. said Thursday.

KDD, AT and T Corp. of the United States, and China Telecom are among the carriers.

The 20,000-kilometer fiber-optic cable, called the China-U.S. Cable Network, traverses the Pacific Ocean from Chiba Prefecture in Japan to the U.S. west coast city of Bandon, after linking China, South Korea, Taiwan and Guam with Japan.

The cable will provide the telecom carriers with an additional combined capacity of 80 gigabits per second, or the equivalent of 968,000 telephone lines, KDD said.

KDD, Japan Telecom Co. and NTT Communications Corp., the international telecom arm of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), will each get a 4.6 gigabit portion of the capacity, it said.

They are currently expanding the overall capacity of the network by adding another 10,000-km cable linking Guam with the U.S. west coast city of San Luis Obispo, and then with Bandon.

In addition, KDD is building the Japan-U.S. Cable, another underwater fiber-optic cable linking Japan and the U.S., with the project expected to be completed by the year-end.

With the addition of the new capacity, the carrier will be able to provide services to customers on the strength of a capacity of over 10 gigabits per second, it said.

That capacity will enable KDD to respond to growing demand for international telecom facilities from Internet and corporate users who need large-capacity services for their data communications, it said.
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Date:Jan 10, 2000
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