An optical transmission under the Atlantic at 100 Gbps – that sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Today, Hibernia Atlantic, a network operator and Chinese hardware maker Huawei did just that – the first 100Gbps optical transmission across the Atlantic. Infinera did the same under the Pacific.
Japan’s NTT (s ntt) said yesterday that it would spend more than 10 billion yen ($105 million) to buy the owner of a 21,000-kilometer undersea cable delivering web traffic between the U.S. and Japan. NTT said it would buy Pacific Crossing Ltd., which operates the undersea cable offering 3.2 terabits per second of capacity. NTT’s decision to buy the cable can be read as an attempt to control more of the vital infrastructure connecting the web around the world. Earlier this month, we reported on the boom in undersea cable construction in response to a 64 percent surge in international bandwidth use last year. Asia is a huge and growing broadband market, but there is a lot of capacity there. Read More about Japan’s NTT Snaps Up Undersea Cable Co.