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NEC to supply submarine optical cable that will connect U.S. and the Republic of Palau

Japan’s NEC Corporation has signed a contract with the National Submarine Cable Utility Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) of the Palau Republic (Palau) for the Palau Cable 2 (PC2) cable construction project.

A press release said that PC2, with a total length of approximately 110 km, will connect Palau with the Southeast Asia–United States (SEA–US) cable that connects Southeast Asia and the U.S. mainland. BSCC, a state-owned public corporation, owns and manages a submarine fiber optic cable network for Palau. This cable is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.

PC2 adopts the latest optical wavelength multiplexing transmission system of 100 gigabits per second (100 Gbps). An addition to the first optical submarine cable laid by NEC in Palau in 2017, it ensures the redundancy of Palau’s network, reliable communications and the increasing demands for communications.

The Republic of Palau consists of eight principal islands and more than 250 smaller ones lying roughly 500 miles southeast of the Philippines, in Oceania. The islands of Palau constitute the westernmost part of the Caroline Islands chain. Its total land area is 177 sq mi.

Per a report in Total Telecom, in 2017, NEC began construction of three submarine cables in Micronesia, to connect the islands of Palau, Yap, and Chuuk with the SEA–US cable. NEC notes that its OCC Corporation subsidiary makes submarine optical cables able to withstand water pressure 8,000 meters beneath the sea.

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