According to FCC Notice on Application for A Cable Landing License Streamlined Processing Requested, here unveils mysteries and key information about FASTER Cable System & FASTER FCC Cable Landing License.

FASTER Consortium

GU HOLDINGS INC., CHINA MOBILE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL LIMITED, GLOBALTRANSIT 2 LIMITED, KDDI CORPORATION, and SINGAPORE TELECOM USA INC are the six members of FASTER Consortium. 

GU Holdings is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc. (“Google”).

The FASTER Consortium jointly submitted Application for a License to Construct, Land, and Operate an Undersea Fiber Optic Cable Connecting the U.S., Japan, and Taiwan.

FASTER Cable System

FASTER will land at four cable landing stations: Bandon, Chikura, Shima, and Tanshui.

The FASTER cable system will have six fiber pairs with a total initial design capacity of 60Tbps over its trans-pacific segment, and 2 fiber pairs with a total initial design capacity of 20 Tbps over its extension segments to Tanshui, Taiwan. The entire FASTER cable system will have a total length of 11,629 kilometers.

FASTER cable map

FASTER cable system configuration

Capacity Ownership

All the FASTER consortium members have their capacity entitlement on trans-pacific routes, i.e., Oregon-Chikura and Oregon-Shima routes.

The TASTER extension routes including Oregon-Tanshui, Tanshui-Shima, and Tanshui-Chikura routes are solely invested and owned by Google Cable Bermuda Ltd. (“GCB”), which is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Google organized under the laws of Bermuda, and owns all of Google’s capacity in FASTER outside of the U.S.

Special Arrangement on Taiwan Landing

GU Holdings is the landing party for FASTER in the U.S.

KDDI is the landing party for both Japan landings. 

GCB is the landing party in Taiwan. GCB has signed a Landing Party Agreement (LPA) with New Century InfoComm Tech Co., LTD (“NCIC”). According to the LPA, GCB shall convey to NCIC ownership of the portion of FASTER that extends 12 nautical miles from the shores of Taiwan. NCIC shall then grant GCB an indefeasible right of use (“IRU”) for that same portion of FASTER.

Control of US NOC

According to FCC regulations, U.S. common infrastructure will be controlled and operated by a U.S. NOC. The primary NOC for FASTER will be located in the United States, all of the NOC staff are U.S. persons.

Common Carrier/Non-Common Carrier Status

FASTER will be operated on a private, non-common carrier basis. Pursuant to the NARUC I analysis, there is (1) no legal compulsion for the Applicants to serve the public indifferently and (2) no reason to expect that capacity on FASTER will be offered indifferently and indiscriminately to the public, and thus no basis for finding common carriage status.