Digitally Connected Cities

NEC Orchestrating a Brighter World

As of June 30, 2016 the digital bandwidth between the U.S. West Coast and Asia has effectively doubled. A cutting-edge, low-loss fiber optic internet cable cleared its testing procedures and became active, adding robust, resilient connectivity to the global digital infrastructure. NEC, a leader in innovative technology and infrastructure investment, laid the cable across the Pacific.

NEC's cable laying ship at sea

The fiber optic cable, named FASTER, is 9,000 kilometers in length, lying at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, spanning the distance from Oregon in the United States to Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan. Those are the landing points, but FASTER extends connections throughout the American West Coast and every major city in Japan. The cable has the capacity to expand to other major Asian cities.

An international consortium of digital technology companies committed to global networking, with major funding by Google, teamed with NEC to construct the trans-Pacific undersea cable and bring its bandwidth online. The first-of-its kind cable is capable of delivering 60 terabits per second through low-loss fiber cables. This makes FASTER the highest capacity underwater cable ever built.

“This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. We are honored that the consortium entrusted us to build FASTER. Although we faced many challenges during the construction, I am truly glad that we were able to overcome these and to welcome this day,” said Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for FASTER at NEC’s Submarine Network Division. “This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region.”

Map of the FASTER cable

NEC is committed to expanding and strengthening the global digital network vital to providing simple, reliable and secure cloud infrastructure. UNIVERGE BLUE Business Cloud Services are just a part of NEC’s comprehensive investment in cloud technology, delivering telephony, mobility, messaging, presence, conferencing, and more at a fraction of the cost of traditional on-premises unified communications solutions.

Learn more about NEC and UNIVERGE BLUE hosted unified communications (UC) solutions. Read the press releases about FASTER on NEC’s international website and