Bharti Airtel, part of a consortium of global telecom players, on Thursday launched the Unity cable system that would boost trans-Pacific connectivity.
The $300-million system provides direct connectivity between Chikura, located on the coast near Tokyo, and West Coast network points-of-presence in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Jose. At Chikura, Unity is seamlessly connected to other cable systems, further enhancing connectivity into Asia.
This cable link synergises with Bharti Airtel's existing multiple high speed connectivity options from India to Singapore on i2i, and from Tokyo to the U.S. west coast. Bharti Airtel's investments in Unity consortium, comprising Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet and SingTel, are part of its plans to expand its global network.
Bharti Airtel Executive Director (Enterprise Services) Rajan Swaroop said: “The 9,620-km submarine cable system is a marked achievement for the telecom infrastructure of the region, offering another connectivity option for Asia Pacific to connect to the U.S. west coast.