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DOCOMO PACIFIC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile phone operator, announced that construction and end-to-end testing of the 183-mile ATISA submarine fiber optic cable system, connecting Guam to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is complete and the system is ready for service.
The ATISA submarine cable (from the Chamorro word atisa meaning: “to illuminate, to accelerate”), which began with the signing of a supply contract in February 2016, was recently brought ashore and connected to the terrestrial fiber networks on Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota. The system will come online with an initial operating capacity of 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth. As presently designed, the total capacity of the ATISA system is 7.2 Terabits per second (Tbps).
DOCOMO PACIFIC will provide connectivity services to enterprise customers beginning today and is pleased to announce that we are already supplying our first enterprise partner, the Commonwealth Port Authority, which operates the Francisco C. Ada Saipan International Airport, with a new high-speed internet connection. ATISA also connects the CNMI to Guam, where local businesses and government agencies can connect to other systems, extending the cable’s reach to the global internet.
DOCOMO PACIFIC selected Japan’s NEC Corporation, a global leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, to design and build the cable. Ciena was selected for its submarine GeoMesh solution, to deliver 100 Gbps wavelengths, and to facilitate new on-demand experiences for users. The Ciena solution can scale to support any communications requirements for the lifetime of the cable. Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI), a leading submarine fiber optic cable consulting firm, advised DOCOMO PACIFIC on Project ATISA and provided project management support.
ATISA is now the second undersea cable in the CNMI and the first new system in nearly twenty years. DOCOMO PACIFIC invested over $16 million for the cable itself, and an additional $9 million to modernize and expand its fixed and mobile networks in the CNMI.
NEC Corporation and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) announced their joint development of a multi-modal image fusion technology that dramatically improves the clarity of images by using artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically combine visible images taken by standard cameras with non-visible images taken by specialized devices, such as thermal or terahertz cameras.
In recent years, technological advancements and cost reductions for specialized devices that photograph non-visible images, such as thermal cameras, which capture heat, and X-ray cameras, have enabled them to be used for an expanding range of purposes, including nighttime monitoring under severe weather conditions, such as dense fog. However, these cameras tend to provide images of poor resolution and quality in comparison to images taken of visible subjects.
Conventionally, in order to analyze non-visible and visible images of the same subject, images had to be viewed and compared separately, or they had to be manually combined by a trained expert. Moreover, the detection of abnormalities or hazards contained in non-visible images could be easily overlooked when combining the images.
This new technology uses AI to achieve greater image visibility by automatically selecting highly visible parts from multiple images and combining them, while enhancing the smallest characteristics contained in non-visible images. Specifically, AI carries out detailed examination of each image in order to assess the degree of visibility of each part, then automatically extracts the best areas from each image, taking environmental characteristics into consideration, such as brightness, the direction of light and obstacles.
"As this technology enables instant visual clarification, even under harsh conditions, it allows users to make well informed evaluations. For example, it can be applied to monitoring systems to assist with nighttime observations, or for infrastructure inspection devices to improve the detection of interior and exterior abnormalities, such as cracking," said Akio Yamada, General Manager, Data Science Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation.
"Until now, a specialist had to manually carry out complex conversion tasks in order to combine images taken by different types of cameras. This technology eliminates the need for such manual work, using AI to effectively and automatically combine images taken by different cameras. This also increases visibility by actively utilizing the strong points of each visible image and non-visible image, even when the images are difficult to visualize," said Professor Masatoshi Okutomi, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Moreover, AI analyzes the slightest clue to detecting an abnormality and hazard in a non-visible camera image and automatically generates a multi-modal (fusion of visible and non-visible) image with exceptionally high visibility, while properly regulating the degree of enhancement to avoid causing image breakdowns, such as clipped highlights and crushed blacks.
DoCoMo Pacific announced the start of the marine lay for its ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system. On May 11th, DoCoMo Pacific hosted a landing ceremony for ATISA at Aquarius Beach, Saipan. Members of DoCoMo Pacific’s leadership team were joined by island dignitaries and business leaders for the event.
Similar landing ceremonies will take place in Tinian and Rota later this month. Following the marine lay, the DoCoMo Pacific team will conduct end-to-end testing of the cable system before ATISA is ready for full service in the Marianas by August.
The marine lay began on Guam on May 6th following the arrival of the CS Responder, the vessel that will perform the physical cable installation between Guam and the CNMI. Honored guests and island media were given the opportunity to tour the vessel and learn about the marine lay process from project managers.
With ATISA, the world class services DoCoMo Pacific provides to customers on Guam will become available to the entire CNMI. This means the people of the Marianas can look forward to internet speeds up to 100 Mbps and mobile 4G LTE services.
Along with reliability, DoCoMo Pacific’s mobile network will provide extensive coverage allowing people to have a great experience where they live, work, and play. These upgrades will allow consumers to stream, download and upload faster than ever before.
“The cable landings in Guam and the CNMI are a major step toward the launch of ATISA,” said Dino Manning, General Manager-CNMI, DoCoMo Pacific. “We are ready to raise the level of communication and improve the entertainment experience in the CNMI. ATISA is more than just a commercial venture, but will offer choice to the people of the Marianas and a range of new, innovative services in mobile, TV, online and digital phone.”
In 2016, DoCoMo Pacific signed a significant agreement with NEC Corporation and the governments of the CNMI and Guam to bring this project to life. NEC is contracted to build ATISA.
“NEC has a long history of supplying submarine cable systems in the region and we are proud to share this milestone with DoCoMo pacific today,” said Hiroshi Kawakami, Project Manager, NEC Corporation. “As the cable laying work begins, we look forward to seeing the transformation of communications connectivity between Guam and the CNMI.”
NEC Corporation, which specializes in the integration of IT and network technologies, announced on May 10 that it has signed a global frame agreement with Telenor, the Norway-based worldwide telecommunications operator, to provide microwave communications systems.
Telenor’s agreement with NEC will apply to the Telenor Group's 13 telecommunications affiliates in Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia. Through this agreement, NEC will provide total support from the introduction of NEC's ultra-compact microwave communications systems, iPASOLINK VR and iPASOLINK EX Advanced, to maintenance services over the next five years.
NEC is first scheduled to provide iPASOLINK to Telenor Pakistan, then to expand the supply of its products to telecommunications affiliates in other areas.
NEC and Telenor have been working together since the 1980s, and the companies have signed several global frame agreements on microwave communications systems since 2006. NEC has the largest share in cumulative shipments for microwave communications systems for Telenor. Moreover, in 2015, NEC and Telenor signed a global frame agreement on IP routers and optical communications systems. Collectively, NEC can provide the necessary systems for Telenor to build an effective transport network.
"We are honored to sign this agreement with Telenor," said, Atsuo Kawamura, Executive Vice President, NEC Corporation. "With NEC's iPASOLINK, Telenor can enhance network connectivity, enabling their customers to experience better, high-quality services. NEC will continue to provide advanced solutions to Telenor, including microwave equipment, IP routers and optical communications systems, so that we can contribute to the diversification and sophistication of their communication services."
NEC Corporation and its Indian subsidiary, NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NTI), have set up a center in India dedicated to the support of open source software (OSS).
“The OSS Technology Center aims to strengthen the organizational structure for supporting global enterprises in building systems based on OSS, to reinforce collaboration with international OSS vendors and to provide rapid technical support to users who construct systems operated globally using OSS,” NEC said.
It added: “Moreover, the new organization will actively carry out development of new network functions related to software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and application platform functions, such as container and platform as a service (PaaS), all of which is part of the OSS Technology Centre's OpenStack-based development activities, in addition to its contributions to making source codes openly available by providing them to the OSS community.
“In recent years, the need for enterprises to capitalize on OSS, particularly OpenStack, in cloud computing, big data computing and SDN/NFV, has become increasingly pronounced. Also, in terms of next-generation ICT technologies, there are heightened expectations towards OSS applications in areas related to systems of engagement (SoE) and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
The new organization began operations on July 1 with approximately 50 staff based out of NTI and “consisting of experienced OSS engineers well-versed in OSS solution architecture and essential software development and support capabilities,” according to NEC
The general manager of NEC’s Cloud Platform Division, Nobuhiko Kishinoue, said: "NEC and NTI will leverage the newly established OSS Technology Center to provide rapid support to users carrying out construction of OSS-based systems on a global scale."
Angola Cables and NEC Corporation announced that the contract to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea fiber optic cable system ever to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere has come into force. SACS is scheduled to be ready for service by the middle of 2018. The project cost is expected to reach $160 million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with the support of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) through the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).
In order to meet growing demand from broadband, mobile, broadcasting and enterprise traffic crossing the South Atlantic, SACS will feature the latest high quality 4-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies with an initial design capacity of 40Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber-pairs).
The cable system will land at Sangano cable landing station in Angola, near the capital city of Luanda, and in a datacenter in Fortaleza, Brazil, which, will be built for the cable systems that are under construction by Angola Cables.
SACS will connect Luanda, Angola and Fortaleza, Brazil, directly linking the African continent to Latin America for the first time, spanning more than 6,200 km across the South Atlantic, enabling high speed and large capacity international data transmissions. From Fortaleza, SACS can be connected to another cable system which stretches to Miami Florida, enabling Angola and Africa to connect directly with the USA.
SACS will feature the latest optical technologies to provide the most advanced subsea telecommunications system, coupled with a control plane based on innovative Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology to serve bandwidth-intensive applications. SACS will have an initial design capacity of 40Tpbs (100Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fiber pairs).
"Our main objective is to improve the quality of communications between Africa and the Americas, creating a totally new route in the south hemisphere, providing term and peak capacity product offerings and support for the region's expanding data requirements of today and for tomorrow," says Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. "SACS will be constructed using state-of-the-art technology, with 100G-coherent design for low latency, reliable delivery for even the most demanding bandwidth needs and direct data center to data center connectivity across the Atlantic."
"The South Atlantic Cable System is a unique cable system that will directly link Angola to Brazil and the rest of the world, and NEC Corporation prides itself to be the system supplier and would like to thank Angola Cables for giving NEC the chance to be part of this epoch-making cable," said Toru Kawauchi, General Manager at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "We would also like to extend our gratitude to JBIC, SMBC and NEXI, for providing the much needed financial support, without them SACS would not have been realized. As one of the world's top vendors of submarine cable systems, with more than 40 years of experience constructing over 200,000 kilometers of cable systems, NEC is committed to the successful completion of SACS and to building on our relationship with Angola Cables."