30 October 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Four carriers plus Amazon and Facebook have signed a contract with TE SubCom to build a new subsea cable across the Pacific.
Jupiter will run 14,000km from Daet in the Philippines and both
Maruyama and Shima in Japan to Hermosa Beach, south of Los
Angeles, California, and it is due to be ready for service in
2020. It will have an initial design capacity of more than
The consortium partners, apart from Amazon and Facebook, are
NTT Communications, PCCW Global, PLDT and SoftBank.
"The demand for bandwidth in the Pacific region continues to
grow at a remarkable rate, and is accompanied by the rise of
capacity-dependent applications like live video, augmented and
virtual reality, and 4k/8k video," said Koji Ishii, general
manager at SoftBank Telecom and co-chair of the Jupiter
"Jupiter will provide the necessary diversity of connections
and the highest capacity available to meet the needs of the
evolving marketplace," said Ishii. "TE SubCom has a proven
record of success in the design and implementation of
innovative, scalable and robust transoceanic cable systems,
making the company the most reliable choice for the Jupiter
TE SubCom president Sanjay Chowbey said: "Submarine cable
systems continue to have a critical impact on the global
economy, as well as cultural, educational and medical
advancement around the world. It is our privilege to help
facilitate the growth of global connectivity and provide
reliable, high-capacity and low-latency transmission to regions
where bandwidth is at a premium. We look forward to the next
phases of what will be a high quality and industry leading
TE SubCom has configured Jupiter as a trunk and branch system
with what it calls the most advanced submersible reconfigurable
optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) technology available.
This is implemented with wavelength selective switch technology
providing ROADM nodes with gridless, flexible and in-service
bandwidth reconfiguration capability on a per-wavelength basis.
Nodes are further equipped with a telemetry channel that allows
access to undersea spectral performance information.
"TE SubCom has been deploying progressively more advanced
optical add/drop multiplexing technology in various undersea
applications since 2009," said Mark Enright, TE
SubCom’s VP fpr customer solutions. "The ROADM
nodes in the Jupiter design are our most advanced form of this
technology to date, providing unprecedented bandwidth
reconfiguration flexibility in an undersea network."