TE SubCom signs contract with SoftBank owned JUPITER Cable system

JUPITER Submarine Cable SystemUndersea communications technology company TE SubCom announced its supply contract for the JUPITER Cable system which will be ready for service by early 2020.

JUPITER Cable system will connect leading locations such as Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines. The transpacific route will provide greater diversity of connections and enhanced reliability for customers, as well as optimal connectivity to data centers on the West Coast of the United States.

SoftBank, a leading telecom operator in Japan, announced that JUPITER is a fiber optic submarine cable system to connect Japan, the US and the Philippines with a total extension of approximately 14,000 km.

Owned and operated by SoftBank, Maruyama Cable Landing Station (Maruyama CLS) will be one of the landings for JUPITER in Japan. SoftBank aims to contribute to the telecommunication industry through Maruyama CLS which serves as an important global gateway in Japan for international submarine cables.

SoftBank is building and optimizing its network infrastructure to support increasing traffic demand and its customers targeting IoT-related business.

TE SubCom has deployed more than 100 cable systems and enough subsea communication cable to circle the globe 15 times at the equator.

“The demand for bandwidth in the Pacific region grows at a remarkable rate, and is accompanied by the rise of capacity-dependent applications like live video, augmented and virtual reality, and 4k/8k video,” said Koji Ishii of SoftBank, co-chairperson of JUPITER consortium.

Partners of the JUPITER Cable project include PLDT, NTT Communications, PCCW Global, SoftBank, Facebook and Amazon.

JUPITER Cable is approximately 14,000 km in length and has an initial design capacity of more than 60 Tbps.

“Submarine cable systems continue to have a critical impact on the global economy, as well as cultural, educational and medical advancement around the world,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president, TE SubCom.

TE SubCom has configured JUPITER as a trunk and branch system with submersible reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) technology available.

ROADM functionality is implemented with wavelength selective switch (WSS) technology providing ROADM nodes with gridless, flexible and in-service bandwidth reconfiguration capability on a per wavelength basis.

Mark Enright, VP Customer Solutions, TE SubCom, said that the ROADM nodes in the JUPITER design are its advanced form of this technology, providing unprecedented bandwidth reconfiguration flexibility in an undersea network.