According to public notice of FCC International Bureau, the Federal Communication Commission granted the cable landing license for the New Pacific Cross (NCP) submarine cable system on January 12, 2017.
The application for the NCP cable landing license was file on November 3, 2015 by part of the NCP Consortium members which consists of:
- MICROSOFT INFRASTRUCTURE GROUP, LLC,
- MICROSOFT OPERATIONS PTE LTD,
- CHINA MOBILE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED,
- CHINA TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION,
- CHINA UNITED NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED,
- CHUNGHWA TELECOM CO. LTD.,
- KT CORPORATION
NCP will consist of six segments totaling 13,000 kilometers in length:
- Segment 1: This segment connects China Telecom’s cable landing station at Chongming, China, with MIGL’s cable landing station in Pacific City, Oregon. It includes five subsegments, demarcated by the cable landing stations in Chongming and Pacific City, and Branch Units 1 through 4.
- Segment 2.1: This terrestrial segment connects the beach manhole at Chongming, China with CMI’s terrestrial station at Lingang, China.
- Segment 2.2: This terrestrial segment connects CMI’s terrestrial station at Lingang, China, with a beach manhole at Nanhui, China.
- Segment 3: This segment connects China Unicom’s cable landing station at Nanhui, China, with Branch Unit 1.
- Segment 4: This segment connects Branch Unit 2 with KT’s cable landing station in Busan, Korea.
- Segment 5: This segment connects Branch Unit 3 with Chunghwa’s cable landing station in Toucheng, Taiwan.
- Segment 6: This segment connects Branch Unit 4 with a cable landing station owned and operated by SoftBank Mobile Corp. (“SoftBank”) in Maruyama, Japan.
According to FCC notice, the ownership of the NCP cable system is listed below:
|Consortium Member||Participation/Voting Interest(%)|
Although SoftBank is a member of the NCP consortium and will own and operate the cable landing station in Japan, it does not satisfy either of the minimum criteria for necessary licensees specified in the FCC regulations. SoftBank is not a joint applicant with respect to the FCC cable landing license application because it owns less than a 5-percent interest in the NCP cable system and will not own or control any U.S. cable landing station for the NCP cable system.