Fujitsu to construct Japan to South Korea cable

Fujitsu Ltd. has won a contract from several major Japanese and South Korean telecommunication companies to construct an undersea fiber optic cable linking the two countries, the Tokyo-based company said Friday.

The new cable, the Korea-Japan Cable Network (KJCN), will run the 500 kilometers between Pusan, a major city in the south of Korea, and Kitakyushu, a city in the far west of Japan. Consisting of 12 fiber pairs, the cable will have a maximum capacity of 2.88T bps (bits per second) making it the highest capacity link between the two Asian neighbors.

Fujitsu was awarded the US$40 million contract by the cable's owners, Japan Telecom Co. Ltd., Korea Telecom Corp., Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. and NTT Communications Corp.

The cable is being constructed to handle the anticipated increase in demand for telecommunication capacity between the two countries during soccer's 2002 World Cup, which is being jointly hosted by Japan and Korea. Fujitsu said it expects to complete the cable by February 2002, several months ahead of the beginning of the tournament.

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