FASTER, a consortium of six international companies, together with its supplier NEC Corporation, today announced that construction and end-to-end testing of a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, the FASTER cable system, has been successfully completed and started service on 30 June 2016. 

Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services of Singtel Group Enterprise said, “The completion of the FASTER cable system will provide capacity to support the expected four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America. By adding network redundancy and ultra-low latency to our existing trans-Pacific cable systems, it reinforces our leadership in international data services in the region and enhances our infrastructure to support our customers’ critical data traffic.

“With a state-of-the-art design, the cable system provides continuous connectivity and sufficiently high capacity for cloud, video streaming, analytics and the Internet of Things, that will help spur innovation on both sides of the Pacific to stimulate the growth of the digital economy,” he added.

The 9,000-km FASTER cable system lands in Oregon in the United States and two landing points in Japan, Chiba and Mie prefectures. The system has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the U.S. covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. The two landing points in Japan facilitate the cable’s easy access to major cities in Japan. FASTER’s robust and resilient connectivity to many neighboring cable systems extend the cable’s capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations.

FASTER is the first trans-Pacific submarine cable system designed to deliver 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth using a six-fiber pair cable across the Pacific.inter

The FASTER consortium consists of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel.