Unity, a consortium of six international companies, together with its suppliers NEC Corporation and Tyco Telecommunications, announced that the Trans-Pacific Unity submarine cable system has successfully completed comprehensive end-to-end testing, has been formally handed over to Unity and is now in service.
“Following months of testing to ensure that the cable system meets the rigorous transmission standards specified, the Unity cable system is now ready to deliver the much anticipated capacity to meet the Trans-Pacific connectivity needs of members of the consortium,” said Chris Wilson, Chairman of the Unity Executive Committee.The Transpacific cable, 9620KM long, being laid to increase the bandwidth between USA and ASIA is nearing the end. The unity consortium, (Google, Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI, Pacnet, and SingTel) cable is ready to boost the TransPacific bandwidth to possibly by 4.8 to 7.68Tbps (terabits per second). The cable consists of 5 fiber pairs, each with a capacity of 960 Gbps, and will be expandable to 8 fiber pairs. This will give the cable a total capability of 7.68 Tbps.
Google is entitled to 20 percent of that bandwidth for its needs, for it's investment in the project. The Googles need has arisen from its Malaysian Server farm and the market offerings being too expensive.
"The need for information is a global requirement. As the economies of Asian countries continue to grow, data traffic and the use of the Internet expands. Google is a global company and is committed to providing the best quality of user experience regardless of geography," said Google in a conversation.One end of the cable, has landed in Japan.With this landing completes the venture that has been going on for the past two months. Two ships have been laying out the cable from a midpoint in the Pacific to Chikura, Japan and US West Coast in Los Angele. The cable was joined in the middle of the Pacific on Oct. 30. Once the last splice is completed in Japanese end, testing can begin.