Our Submarine Cable Network
Pacnet owns and operates the leading pan-Asian submarine cable network that lands in 21 cable landing stations and extends from India to the US.
At the heart of Pacnet is EAC-C2C, Asia’s leading state-of-the-art fiber optic submarine cable network spanning 36,800 kilometers between Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Singapore. EAC-C2C has a design capacity of 17.92 terabits per second (Tbps) to 30.72 Tbps to and from each of the landing countries, with continuous upgrades underway.
The integration of EAC and C2C into a single system – with multiple landings and Points of Presence (PoPs) in key markets – has strengthened Pacnet’s position as the region’s leading provider of next-generation communications solutions, offering unsurpassed flexibility, resiliency and route diversity.
At the core of EAC-C2C is next-generation Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON) technology, which enables state-of-the-art features such as meshed protection on the optical layer, auto-provisioning, and optimized routing of traffic to support today’s latency-sensitive applications such as video and IPTV.
Ownership and Control
Unlike consortium cable systems with multiple owners and often contrasting interests, EAC-C2C is wholly-owned by Pacnet. Having control over our network means we are able to maintain the highest level of performance for our customers, which we back up with the industry’s most competitive Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
For our customers, this means they are buying directly from the owner, and avoid the extra cost and complexity of purchasing through an intermediate vendor. Direct access to the network also means we can provision services faster, identify and fix problems quicker, and respond to customer requirements in real-time.
In 2010, Pacnet’s subsea cable network was further enhanced with our first trans-Pacific cable EAC Pacific. EAC Pacific is part of the $300 million Unity cable system that has been built with five other global companies including Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corporation and SingTel.
This new 9,620 km trans-Pacific cable system provides connectivity between Chikura, located off the coast of Japan near Tokyo, to Los Angeles, California and other network PoPs on the West Coast of the United States.
Pacnet is the largest investor in Unity and operates two of the five fiber pairs in the cable system independently. The two fiber pairs, collectively known as EAC Pacific, provide up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity across the Pacific Ocean.
At Chikura, EAC Pacific is seamlessly connected to Pacnet’s pan-Asia EAC-C2C cable system, further enhancing connectivity from and into Asia. This also enhances the reliability and resiliency of Pacnet’s cable network by offering additional capacity and route diversity.
Construction of the cable system began in February 2008, and the cable system has been ready for service since 1 April 2010.
Enhanced Connectivity to India
In April 2011, Pacnet extended its network reach to Chennai, India. Through its dedicated bandwidth on the i2i cable system, Pacnet is able to deliver high-speed connectivity from Chennai to Los Angeles on a single Pacnet network.