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October 23, 2015

KT to Manage Massive Submarine Cable Network

Image: KT Corp.

Image: KT Corp.

 Korean Telecommunications provider KT has been named the key operator of the world's largest submarine network cable, New Cross Pacific (NCP).

Korea's dominant fixed-line operator said it will run a network center to control the submarine cable which helps connect network systems in Asia-Pacific countries to the North American region. 
The company said it will start operation of the 14,000-kilometer-long NCP cable in December 2017. The purpose of the NCP Project is to form a submarine cable network with a data processing capacity of about 80 Tbps across the Pacific Ocean. 
"KT will play a central role as a global traffic hub with a network operation center (NOC) in Busan," Korea Times quoted Oh Seong-mok, executive vice president of KT's network division, as saying.
The total capacity under KT’s control is scheduled to be increased to 118.4 Tbps, including 38.4 Tbps on the side of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable connecting Southeast Asia to Northeast Asia.  
"KT's two network centers, controlling the NCP and APG, will support up to 118 terabits-per-seconds (Tbps) transfer capacity," Oh said. "This will account for 11 percent of global traffic and 27 percent in the Northeastern region." 
The capacity means some 15 million high-definition (HD) broadcasting channels can be transmitted via the NCP and APG, with each taking up 80 Tbps and 38.4 Tbps.
The consortium for the network also includes China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Microsoft, SoftBank Mobile and TE SubCom.