Apricot subsea cable for Asia-Pacific area

We are excited to announce our participation in the Apricot submarine cable system along with leading regional and global partners. When completed, the project (which is subject to regulatory approvals) will provide the much-needed internet capacity, redundancy and reliability to expand connections in the Asia-Pacific region.

The 12,000 kilometer cable will connect Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. Apricot will feature a state-of-the-art submersible, reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer that uses a wavelength selective switch for gridless and flexible bandwidth configuration based on a space division design.

The Apricot cable system is expected to hit the market in 2024 and have an initial design capacity of more than 190 terabits per second to meet the growing data needs in the region and to support existing cable systems such as those recently announced Echo- and Bifrost cable systems. The cable will help meet the growing demand for 4G, 5G and broadband access in the region.

The Apricot Cable is part of our ongoing efforts to expand the global network infrastructure and better serve the more than 3.5 billion people around the world who use our services each month. To achieve this, we are working with partners around the world to build subsea fiber optic cables. Apricot is the latest example of our innovative partnership model, in which all parties benefit from the development of a scalable infrastructure and shared technology know-how.

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