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JANUARY 3, 2012

With capacity prices plummeting and a massive wave of high-speed broadband users coming online, Asian carriers have embarked on a fresh round of subsea cable build-outs and are in active discussions about building a new transpacific network.

NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT) has boosted its transpacific capacity to 600 Gbit/s and more than doubled the size of its PC-1 cable, while NEC Corp. (Tokyo: 6701) has been contracted to build and maintain the intra-region Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) cable that was first announced in 2009. (See NTT Touts Record Transpacific Growth, Asia Pacific Gateway Networks Uses 40G, NEC Wins APG Deal and NTT Splashes on Subsea Assets.)

Earlier in 2011 Pacific Internet Ltd. expanded its EAC Pacific Cable, which accounts for two of the five cable pairs on the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)-backed Unity system. (See Google Builds Undersea Cable.)

Ironically, it was the debut of Unity in April 2010 that accelerated the decline in Asia/Pacific long-haul bandwidth prices. (See Unity Cable Ready for Service.)

Transpacific prices dropped 50 percent in 2011, mainly because of...

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