The Trans-Pacific Express (or TPE) submarine cable system is the second subsea cable system directly linking China and the USA (China-US CN), aims to offer high capacity between the USA and China as well as other Asian countries and regions, to support future Internet growth and applications such as video and e-commerce. Unlike the other trans-pacific subsea cable systems which make Japan as a hub for traffic between the USA and Asia countries, the TPE cable system enables an alternative and direct routes between China, Korea, Taiwan and the USA.


System Profile

Cable System:

Cable Length:

    • 18,066 Km for the whole cable system
    • 10,600 Km between China (Chongming CLS) and the USA

Design Capacity:

  • 5.12 Tbps (operating at unprotected DWDM of 10 Gbps per wavelength)

Lit Capacity:

  • 1.28 Tbps

Ready for Service Date:

  • September 30, 2008

Investment Type:

  • Consortium

Initial Investment:

  • US$ 500 million


6 initial parties and 2 follow-ups, including:

  • China Unicom
  • China Netcom (acquired by China Unicom in Oct., 2008)
  • China Telecom
  • Chungwa Telecom
  • Korea Telecom
  • Verizon Business
  • NTT (joined later in March 2008)
  • AT&T(joined later in March 2008)

Landing Stations:


  • Tyco