China Authority Approves New Pacific Cross (NCP) Cable Project

The National Development and Reform Commission of China (NDRC) announced on Wednesday it had approved the New Pacific Cross (NCP) submarine cable project by the end of last December. The NCP cable project has turned green on China side. According to public information, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not released the approval of cable landing license to construct, land and operator the NCP cable in the United States yet.

The NCP consortium comprising of China Unicom, China Telecom, China Mobile, Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom and a US-based company signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the Supply Contract in Busan Korea on October 21, 2014. With the state-of-the-art 100G technology, the NCP cable system will span about 13600 Km, directly connecting China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to the US, with a design capacity up to 80 Tbps.

In order to land a submarine cable, licenses or approvals from related government authorities in the landing countries are required. Normally, the cable landing licenses or approvals in Korea, Japan and Taiwan can be obtained smoothly with prompt procedures, while the procedures in the US and China seem more lengthy and much more difficult.

According to the NDRC notice and Chinese carriers' application, it took the Chinese Authority about 70 working days to review and approve the NCP cable project, with a procedure faster than it was expected. This is symbol that Chinese Government is trying to simplify and shorten the procedures for governmental approvals, as it was required to all the governmental authorities in the end of last year. 

When will the FCC approve the cable landing license to construct, land and operate the NCP cable in the US? Will it take longer than that for landing Unity in the US? 

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