By Pacnet

Pacnet today announced that EAC Pacific, its newest subsea cable linking Japan and the United States, is now ready for service following months of intensive testing.

“EAC Pacific delivers on the first phase of our network infrastructure expansion strategy by taking our Pacnet cable network across the Pacific,” said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Pacnet. “Our next phase of expansion will be focused on extending our cable network westwards towards India through West Asia Crossing (WAC), as well as southwards towards Australia.”

“With EAC Pacific ready for service and connected to our pan-Asian EAC-C2C cable network, our customers can now benefit from direct, multi-terabit connectivity between Asia to North America on a single Pacnet network and experience better network performance, reliability and control,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Technology Officer, Pacnet.

“This will also enhance our suite of industry leading networking solutions including Pacnet Lightning, our connectivity solution that delivers the highest performance, lowest latency network connections that enable financial institutions to execute trades faster,” added Mr Kwan.

EAC Pacific comprises two of the five fiber pairs on the Unity cable system built by a consortium of six international companies including Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet and SingTel. The Unity cable system spans 9,620 km across the Pacific Ocean and connects Chikura, Japan, to Los Angeles. Construction of the Unity cable system was first announced in February 2008 and was constructed at a cost of about US$300 million.

EAC Pacific provides up to 1.92 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity across the Pacific and is connected to Pacnet’s pan-Asian cable system EAC-C2C at Chikura. EAC Pacific is operated independently by Pacnet, Unity’s largest investor.

About Unity

Unity is an international consortium that developed the 9,620 km undersea cable system connecting Japan and the United States.  The system provides much needed capacity to sustain the increased growth in data and Internet traffic between Asia and the United States.  Members of the consortium include Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Pacnet and SingTel.  NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications) are the main suppliers for the Unity project.

About Pacnet

Named “Company of the Year for Excellence in Growth” by Frost & Sullivan in 2009 and “Best Wholesale Carrier” at the Telecom Asia Awards 2009, Pacnet is Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, formed from the operational merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet. Pacnet owns and operates EAC-C2C, the region’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network at 36,800 km, with a design capacity of 10.24 Tbps. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of industry leading IP-based solutions for carriers, large enterprises and SMEs. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in Asia and North America. For more information, please visit: