A consortium of telecomms operators has signed up for a $1.5 billion project to create a fibre optic link between Europe and the US, which will reduce waiting time on the Internet.
Over 50 operators have put their signatures to the cable, dubbed TAT-14, which will have a capacity of 640Gbps, making it capable of carrying 7.7 million calls simultaneously. Eighty per cent of this traffic is expected to be allocated to Internet access. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2000, it will link five European countries - Germany, England, Denmark, France and Holland - with the US.
The TAT-14 Cable network sprang from a 1997 initiative backed by 11 carriers, including AT&T, British Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.
The ring network system will span some 22,000 miles and will use the latest in Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology. It will consist of four pairs of optical fibre cables. The new system will provide 64 times the capacity of the original TAT-12/TAT-13 CableNetwork that went live in September 1996.
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