NEC has signed a contract to build a 12,000-kilometre undersea fibre optic cable system that will connect Japan and Australia.
NEC valued the deal at $US350 million, it said in a statement.
The Australia-Japan Cable (AJC) is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2001 and will have a maximum capacity of 640Gbit/sec when bandwidth-increasing DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology is employed. It will connect in a ring via landing stations at Oxford Falls and Paddington in Australia, at Tanguisson and Tumon Bay in Guam, and at Shima and Maruyama in Japan. It will also interconnect with the SEA-ME-WE 3, APCN, China-US and Japan-US submarine cable systems.
Shareholders in the AJC project include Telstra, WorldCom, Japan Telecom, NTT Communications, Teleglobe Communications and Concert Communications.