The 9,620km submarine cable system linking Japan and the West Coast of the US completes testing and is ready for service
• Bharti Airtel consolidates focus on AsiaPac-offers multiple capacities on routes between AsiaPac to the US
• Extends its global network reach to over 200,000 Rkms of international fibre
New Delhi, April 1, 2010: In a move that is set to boost Trans-Pacific connectivity, Bharti Airtel, one of Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers and global telcos today announced the launch of the Unity cable system. The Unity consortium together with its suppliers NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications), have successfully completed comprehensive end-to-end testing, making the cable system ready for service.
This cable link synergises with Bharti Airtel’s existing multiple high speed connectivity options from India to Singapore on i2i and from Chikura, near Tokyo to the US west Coast. Bharti Airtel’s investments in Unity, is part of its plans to expand it global network through its ownership of the i2i submarine cable system and consortium ownership in other global undersea cable systems like SEA-ME-WE 4, EIG, I-ME-WE and AAG.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajan Swaroop, Executive Director- Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtelsaid,” Unity Cable system commencement is a marked achievement for the telecom infrastructure of the region, offering another connectivity option for AsiaPac to connect to the United States west coast. Bharti Airtel is proud to be part of the consortium building this significant undersea cable system. This is in line with our vision to offer multiple paths and create a robust undersea cable infrastructure for our customers, which is now more than 200 thousand Rkms. Unity cable system will provide enhanced and seamless global connectivity, as it is connected to other cable systems further enhancing connectivity to Asia.”
“Following months of testing to ensure that the cable system meets the rigorous transmission standards specified, the Unity cable system is now ready to deliver the much anticipated capacity to meet the Trans-Pacific connectivity needs of members of the consortium,” said Chris Wilson, Chairman of the Unity Executive Committee.
The Unity cable system provides direct connectivity between Chikura, located on the coast near Tokyo, and West Coast network Points-of-Presence in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Jose. At Chikura, Unity is seamlessly connected to other cable systems, further enhancing connectivity into Asia. Through the deployment of state-of-the-art submarine cable technology, the five fiber pair Unity cable system is designed to deliver up to 4.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific, with each fiber pair having a capacity of up to 960 Gigabits per second (Gbps).
Construction of the system was first announced in February 2008 by the Unity consortium which comprises of Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet and SingTel. The Unity cable system was constructed at a cost of approximately US$300 million.
The name Unity was chosen to signify a new type of consortium, born out of potentially competing systems, to emerge as a system within a system, offering ownership and management of individual fiber pairs.
About Bharti Airtel Limited : Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers with operations in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The company has an aggregate of around 137 million customers across its operations. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by BusinessWeek.
Bharti Airtel is structured as four strategic business units - Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV. The mobile business offers services in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 94 Indian cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. The Digital TV business provides DTH services across India. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fiber network currently spans over 118,337 Rkms across India. Airtel's international network infrastructure includes ownership of the i2i submarine cable system and consortium ownership in five global undersea cable systems, SEA-ME-WE 4, EIG, I-ME-WE, AAG and UNITY. For more information, visit www.airtel.in. For more information, visit www.airtel.in
Unity is an international consortium that developed the 9,620 km undersea cable system connecting Japan and the United States. The system provides much needed capacity to sustain the increased growth in data and Internet traffic between Asia and the United States. Members of the consortium include Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Pacnet and SingTel. NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications) are the main suppliers for the Unity project.