First China to Taiwan cable to go live tomorrow

The first submarine cable linking Taiwan and China has reportedly been completed and will go live tomorrow.

The initial transmission capacity of the two cable system will be 9.6Tbps and it will link between the city of Xiamen in southern China and the Taiwanese controlled Kinmen island group, which is 200km from the main island of Taiwan, according to AFP.

An unnamed official from Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom told the news agency that the carrier had invested approximately $3 million in the project, which is believed to be joint venture with China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom.

The system is considered a sign of warming relations between the two countries, which split at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.