Un­der­wa­ter ca­ble to connect China-US ap­proved

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China’s top eco­nomic plan­ner has ap­proved build­ing a 14,000-kilo­me­ter (8,699-mile) trans-Pa­cific sub­ma­rine ca­ble sys­tem to di­rectly connect China and the United States.

China’s big three com­mu­ni­ca­tions car­ri­ers — China Tele­com, China Uni­com and China Mo­bile — will jointly fund and con­struct the fiber op­tic project with com­pa­nies from other coun­tries and re­gions, the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion said.

The New Cross­ing-Pa­cific Ca­ble Sys­tem, or NCP, is de­signed to ease the in­creas­ingly con­gested telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions con­nec­tion be­tween China and the US with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 60 ter­abytes per sec­ond af­ter it goes into op­er­a­tion in 2018.

The project will land on Chong­ming and Nan­hui in Shang­hai, Tai­wan and also connect with South Korea and Ja­pan.

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