Trans-Pacific Network to be ready by 2020

PCCW together with Amazon, Facebook, NTT Communications, PLDT and SoftBank are ready to construct trans-Pacific network, JUPITER.


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JUPITER is a high-capacity cable system, expected to be ready-for-service by early 2020. It will connect Maruyama and Shima in Japan with Los Angeles in the United States of America and Daet in the Philippines.

With the use of the latest submersible Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) which employs Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) technology, providing a greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for consumers as well as optimised connectivity to data centres on the West of the USA, a capacity of more than 60 Tbps over a route of approximately 14,000km can be delivered.

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global said, “The JUPITER network will play a crucial role in serving increased demand across the key trans-Pacific artery.”

With just four years, the bandwidth demand over the trans-Pacific route has more than just tripled the original amount. The timing of the decision to construct JUPITER crucial to the continued provision of cost-effective trans-Pacific solutions.

It is predicted that the demand trend will continue because of the increasing popularity of new, bandwidth-intensive technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), social media applications, video streaming, as well as gaming content.

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.