FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE JOIN PLCN TRANS-PACIFIC CABLE CONSORTIUM
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.