New TransPacific Cable Projects:

Frank Bulk frnkblk at
Mon Sep 24 12:29:28 UTC 2007

Here is a TeleGeography news article worth a quick read:

It appears that that article assumes that capacity will not be increased by
WDM products...have those that been applied on those links already reached
the cables' maximum capabilities based on current technology?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nanog at [mailto:owner-nanog at] On Behalf Of
michael.dillon at
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 9:11 AM
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Subject: RE: New TransPacific Cable Projects:

> Not to mention that the Taiwan straits earthquake showed a
> clear lack of physical diversity on a number of important
> Pacific routes, which I know some companies are laying fiber
> to address.

Anyone who took the trouble to read the two articles knows
that one of the two cables is a USA-to-China direct cable
that does not hop through Japan. This is really part of a
larger connectivity story for the People's Republic of China
along with the trans-Russia cable being built by Russia's
railway-backed TTC and China Unicom.
I wouldn't be surprised if this is somehow connected with
GLORIAD as well. In any case, the USA-China direct route is
clearly avoiding the Taiwan Straits weak point.

And the other cable, which Google is involved in, is connecting
the USA and Australia, a country that has always had connectivity
issues, especially pricing issues. This has led to a much higher
use of web proxies in Australia to reduce international traffic
levels and this may be the key to why, Google, an application
developer and ASP/SaaS operator, is trying to build a cable link
to the major English language market in Asia-Pacific.

Seems to me both builds are adressing diversity issues in different
ways, and if this results in a bandwidth glut to the region, that
may be part of the plan.

--Michael Dillon

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