Mike Constable, Pacific Fibre's director of business development, who led the vendor selection and negotiations, said: "We look forward to working with TE SubCom, and are confident that the company's leading 40G and 100G [per wavelength] technology, coupled with its extensive experience and marine capabilities will enable us to successfully implement and deliver this landmark project by the scheduled launch in the first quarter of 2014."
Last month its head of finance, Lance Wiggs, said: "Our base case is for a system with 64 wavelengths of 40Gbps, or 2.56Tbps per fibre pair, and 5.12Tbps for two fibre pairs." And CEO, Mark Rushworth confirmed to ExchangeDaily today that the company had decided to build the system with 40G technology, adding "but it is capable of at least 100G." (400G transmission has already been trialled in laboratory fibre networks over distances of several hundred kilometres)
Pacific Fibre claims that its system will be the highest-capacity-per-fibre-pair system ever built. The cables will each have two fibre pairs, with an ultimate cable design capacity of 12.8Tbps. Tenders for the system were called in March, after Pacnet - which was to have owned one of the two pairs in the system - pulled out.
Last month the incumbent operator, Southern Cross announced plans to upgrade its system to 40G operation in 2012, saying it had also successfully trialled 100G technology.
Southern Cross sales and marketing director, Ross Pfeffer, said: "It is very pleasing to see 100Gbps equipment operating some two years earlier than previously expected. While it is unlikely that we will be able use the 100Gbps equipment for next year's upgrade, it is going to be an option much sooner than we previously thought and the potential size of our network will keep growing in huge leaps." He said there was "a strong likelihood" that 100Gbps technology would be deployed by 2015.
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