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Pacific Fibre plans international fibre cable connecting NZ and US

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A newly formed company called Pacific Fibre is seeking funding to build a 5.12Tbps capacity fibre-optic cable connecting Australia, New Zealand and the USA which is planned to be ready for use in 2013.
The initial proposal is for a cable which will deliver five times the capacity of the existing Southern Cross system. Pacific Fibre’s aim is to deliver the highest capacity and lowest latency international internet service to Australia and New Zealand by connecting the two countries to the US via 13,000km of cable. The link between New Zealand and the US will be direct, substantially reducing the distance compared to existing cables, thereby delivering lower latency, or lag. The planned cable would also offer potential for branching units to provide connectivity to several Pacific islands.

The proposed cable configuration would be 13,000km long, and have two fibre pairs with 64 wavelengths (lambdas) each at 40Gbps per lambda. The maximum lit capacity would initially be 5.12Tbps, but would be upgradeable to over 12Tbps as emerging 100Gbps technology becomes reality. The newer cable and repeater technology that Pacific Fibre proposes to use will be substantially more easily upgradeable than that of existing cables.

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