Japan-Australia fibre cable one step nearer

A group of major Japanese, Australian and American telecommunications carriers have moved one step closer their goal of a fibre optic cable linking Japan, Australia and Guam.

An agreement to establish the "Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Company" that will build the link between the three islands was signed yesterday by Japan Telecom, NTT Communications, AT&T/BT Concert, MCI WorldCom, Teleglobe Communications, and Telstra, NTT Communications said in a statement.

Scheduled to come on stream in June 2001, the cable will have a capacity of 40G bits per second (bps), although it will be possible later to raise this to 320G bps through the use of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) systems.

In addition to connecting with existing and soon-to-be-completed cables, it will also connect Maruyama and Shima in Japan with Oxford Falls and Paddington in Australia, and Tanguisson and Tumon Bay in Guam.

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