Pacnet announced on April 7, 2011 that it has signed with Bharti Airtel Limited agreements of US$120 to build a high-speed network linking India to the US, directly connecting Chennai to Los Angeles.
The US$120 million network, created through the synergy of Bharti Airtel’s i2i cable network and its domestic network in India, together with Pacnet’s EAC-C2C and EAC Pacific submarine cable network, will enable businesses and consumers across India to enjoy enhanced high-speed broadband connectivity to the US via Asia.
Pacnet’s EAC-C2C is Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable network of 36,800 km, which lands at 18 cable landing stations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. EAC-C2C has a design capacity of 17.92 Tbps to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries with continuous upgrades underway.
Pacnet also owns the EAC Pacific, a two-fiber-pair trans-Pacific submarine cable system directly linking Japan and the US. The EAC Pacific is in fact a part of the Unity cable system which consists of 8 fiber pairs between Chikura and Los Angeles.
Bharti Airtel wholly owns the i2i cable network, a 3100 km submarine cable system connecting Tuas cable landing station in Singapore and Chennai cable landing station in India, with 8 fiber pairs and capacity up to 8.4 Tbps. It costed Bharti Airtel US$220 million to build the i2i cable network.
With this partnership with Bharti Airtel, it can be expected that Pacnet may stop the planned West Asia Crossing, or we may say the West Asia Crossing can launch earlier. As did for the EAC Pacific, Pacnet may name its share in the i2i cable network as the West Asia Crossing.
It was reported earlier, Pacnet has abandoned its joint venture with Pacific Fiber Limited for the construction of Pacific Fiber Cable, a transpacific undersea cable system connecting Australia, New Zealand and the US.