FASTER is a new undersea cable with a distance of 10,290 kilometres that will connect major west coast cities in the US to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60Tbps. FASTER will be designed with 6-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies with an initial capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs). Designed as a POP-to-POP cable system, it will connect to hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. Faster is the new alternative route for transpacific cables, and hence complements the existing Unity systen. FASTER is expected to be ready by the second quarter of 2016.

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