AT&T Submarine Systems is to build the world?s most powerful undersea network, which will connect the US directly with Germany and the UK.
The optically amplified four-fibre ring network is expected to be fully operational in late 1998 and will be owned by Global Telesystems, an investor-owned company. The network will span more than 14,000 kilometres and will be known as the Atlantic Crossing 1 (AC1) submarine cable system. AT&T claims AC1 will double the capacity of current submarine cable systems, which are used by carriers to offer international call services.
AC1 will be implemented in two stages. Phase One, scheduled for completion in May 1998, will connect the US and the UK, while Phase Two, due to be finished in November 1998, will link all three countries.
The link will offer transmission rates of 10Gbps per fibre pair, for a total of 40Gbps.
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