NEC Wins $350M Japan-Australia Fiber Contract

TOKYO (07/03/2000) - NEC Corp. said Monday it has signed a contract to build a 12,000 kilometer undersea fiber optic cable system that will connect Japan and Australia.

NEC valued the deal at US$350 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 640G bps (bits per second) 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 Corp., WorldCom Inc., Japan Telecom Co. Ltd., NTT Communications Corp., Teleglobe Communications Corp. and Concert Communications Co.

NEC Corp., in Tokyo, can be found online at http://www.nec.co.jp/.

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