Trans-Pacific Express, the first direct fiber optic fiber cable between China and the U.S., has been approved to land in the United States.
The TPE cable is the first next-generation undersea optical cable system directly linking the U.S. and mainland China. It also is the first major undersea system to land on the U.S. West Coast in more than seven years. The 17,000-kilometer submarine communications cable will use the latest optical technology and provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the dramatic increase in demand for IP, data and voice communications traffic between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region and within the region.
Verizon, an American company which is also one of the investors of the project, said that it had received a license from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, approving the cable to land in Oregon. Verizon said it filed the application with the FCC in 2007.
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