Ten telecomms companies are to each invest $100 million to help build an ambitious undersea fibre-optic cable link between the US and China.
The $1.4 billion China-US Cable Network is expected to be up and running by the end of 1999 and will enable participants to serve countries including China, Japan and Korea. The telcos include MCI, AT&T, Sprint, China Telecom, NTT and Korea Telecom.
The planned network will carry up to 967,680 simultaneous voice conversations in a 16,000 mile loop configuration made up of four fibre pairs.
Once completed other countries throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Sout Pacific will be able to access the network via existing cable systems.
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