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16 June 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
DoCoMo Pacific has announced that the construction and end-to-end testing of their ATISA subsea cable is complete and ready to launch.
The project began in early 2016 with the signing of a supply
contract, which was recently connected to the terrestrial fibre
networks on Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Japan’s NEC Corporation was chosen to design
and build the subsea cable which once online, will offer an
operating capacity of 200Gbps of bandwidth although the ATISA
has been designed with a total capacity 7.2Tbps.
"We are excited to announce that our ATISA submarine cable
system is ready for service," confirmed Jonathan Kriegel,
DoCoMo Pacific president and CEO.
The $16 million 183 mile fibre-optic cable system is the
second in the Northern Commonwealth Mariana Islands (CNMI)
area, and the first in nearly twenty years. It connects Guam
CNMI where local businesses and government agencies can connect
to other systems, extending the cable’s reach to
the internet, as well as giving competition to IT&E who
previously held a monopoly on services to the area.
Toru Kawauchi, general manager of NEC
Corporation’s submarine network division, spoke
further on collaboration saying: "It is our great honour that
NEC has played a part of this significant achievement for the
CNMI. I am so happy to share this special and exciting moment
with our customers. Since NEC is located in the Asia-Pacific
region, we can always provide hope that our partnership will be
further enhanced, and that we will help develop the CNMI region
together, toward deepened mutual understanding and the
fulfilment of human potential."
Ciena was selected because of its GoMesh technology enabling
them to deliver 100Gbps wavelengths, which can scale to support
any communications requirements for the lifetime of the cable
and assist in delivering new on-demand experiences for
"With Ciena's high-capacity GeoMesh solution, DoCoMo Pacific
is making communications for the CNMI region more stable, more
agile, and better able to support demand from exciting new
services that will transform their way of life," said Ian
Clarke, Ciena's vice president of global submarine systems.
Submarine fibre-optic cable consulting firm Ocean
Specialists Incorporated (OSI) were also in cooperation with
DoCoMo Pacific on the ATISA project offering advice and project
Tony Mosley, OSI director of Asia-Pacific, spoke favourably
on the project adding: "The DoCoMo PACIFIC team has worked with
unwavering focus to bring the ATISA network into service. OSI
is proud to have worked with them from day one across the full
spectrum of business case, technical requirements and program
In August CNMI residents will be able to receive
DoCoMo’s mobile, cable television, online and home
telephone services bringing with it extended entertainment
choices, faster internet speeds and better mobile coverage all
akin to what DoCoMo customers in Guam currently receive.
"ATISA makes it possible to offer the people of the CNMI the
same world-class products and services already available to our
customers in Guam. We look forward to working with enterprise
partners of all sizes in the CNMI and helping them to serve
their customers faster and more effectively. We want to
sincerely thank our associates, advisers, and suppliers who
have worked tirelessly over the last year and half to make
ATISA a reality. We would also like to thank the CNMI
government agencies, community partners, and especially the
people of Rota, Saipan and Tinian for welcoming this project
and helping to bring it to completion. ATISA is a major
investment in our families and community, and enables us to
create ONE Marianas for everyone," summarised Kriegel.