Mitsubishi Electric to upgrade transpacific cable network

Mitsubishi Electric announced that it signed a contract to upgrade a
transpacific submarine cable network by incorporating 40 Gbps dense wavelength
division multiplexing and increasing transmission design capacity up to
fivefold to 5.2 Tbps.

The upgrade to the Asia America Gateway Cable Network, which will involve
installing submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries, is expected to
be completed by the third quarter of 2012.

AAG Cable Network, a 10 Gbps DWDM system set up in 2009, is owned by a
consortium of nineteen major telecommunications carriers and comprises over
20,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable linking 10 landing stations located in
seven Southeast Asian countries and the United States.

A field trial conducted on the AAG Cable Network has proved that Mitsubishi
Electric’s new high-speed fiber-optic technology, called coherent technology,
enables 40 Gbps DWDM transmissions beyond 6,600 kilometers, which was one of
the key factors underpinning the upgrade contract.

“We are proud to be selected as the supplier for the AAG Cable Network
capacity upgrade,” said Masahiro Tsukamoto, general manager of Mitsubishi Electric‘s Telecommunication Systems Department.

“Having received an order for similar work on the transatlantic TAT-14
Cable Network, Mitsubishi Electric will become the first supplier of 40 Gbps
upgrades to both transpacific and transatlantic networks. We now look forward
to building on these wins to assist other network operators with high-quality
upgrades,” Tsukamoto added.

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