Mitsubishi Electric has just announced that they will be upgrading a transatlantic cable network after signing a contract to deliver a 40 Gbps dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) capacity upgrade, where the two phase upgrade to the TAT-14 Cable Network is tipped to be completed before 2012 bid adieu to the world, ushering in 2013 instead. Wait a minute, conspiracy theory lovers might say that there isn’t a need to sign that contract, since the world would end next year (while another group claims the world would end in 3 days’ time). Just what benefits does this upgrade offer? How about letting the network’s maximum capacity receive an increase to a whopping sevenfold?
The TAT-14 Cable Network which is owned by a consortium of major telecommunications carriers, is a feat of engineering that deserves your respect – after all, it comprises of more than 15,000 km of fiber-optic cable that links seven landing stations in the North Atlantic region, where the originally was supplied a decade ago with a 10 Gbps DWDM system. The need to satisfy its increased capacity will see Mitsubishi Electric apply its latest high-speed fiber-optic technologies in the upgrade, hitting it with 40 Gbps DWDM technology. [Press Release]