The Trans-Pacific Express - TPE landing in Shin Maruyama, Japan has completed as of January 28, 2010. The landing will mean increased network capacity and additional diversity for transpacific traffic.
The newest landing is the sixth TPE submarine cable landing site on the 18,000-km network system, which connects Japan to South Korea, Taiwan, Mainland China, and the U.S. Verizon is the sole landing party for the U.S.
The construction and maintenance agreement for TPE was originally executed in December 2006 by the six initial parties of TPE Consortium -- Verizon Business, China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, Korea Telecom, and Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan. The TPE submarine cable aims to provide greater capacity at high speeds to meet the increase in demand for IP, data, and voice communications in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific countries.
The first phase of the 5.12-Tbps fiber-optic cable system was ready for service in September 2008. NTT Communications joined the TPE Consortium as the sixth cable landing party (as the initial party China Unicom doesn't own TPE cable langding station), and the new link from Asia to Japan was built to complete the next phase.
Connecting TPE to Japan has enhanced the diversity for the traffic between Japan and the United States. This Japan extension of the TPE system adds diversity and capacity to the Asia-Pacific submarine networks that connects the U.S. to Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and India. This new link will enhance the members' ability to reroute Asia-Pacific network traffic in the event of a major event, like an earthquake or typhoon, which could damage multiple undersea cables.