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Face­book and Google will work with TE Sub­com and PLDC to build the Pa­cific Light Ca­ble Net­work (PLCN) set to run be­tween Hong Kong and Los An­ge­les.

The 12,800km PLCN tran­spa­cific sub­ma­rine ca­ble sys­tem is sched­ule for a com­mer­cial launch in the sum­mer of 2018, and will pro­vide the first di­rect un­der­sea route be­tween Hong Kong and LA with ul­tra-high ca­pac­ity trans­mis­sion.

It will in­clude TE Sub­com’s C+L tech­nol­ogy, which it claims dou­bles the avail­able band­width and ca­pac­ity per fi­bre pair over a tra­di­tional C-band-only de­signed sys­tem. TE Sub­com is a sub­sidiary of TE Con­nec­tiv­ity.

PLCN is set to be the high­est ca­pac­ity trans-pa­cific route, of­fer­ing up to 120Tbps, with no land­ing sta­tions along the route.

It will have five fi­bre pairs, and span from Man­hat­tan Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, to Tse­ung Kwan O in Hong Kong.

Face­book and Google have now joined the con­sor­tium for the ca­ble, which was an­nounced last year as a $400m pro­ject be­tween TE Sub­com and PLDC.

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