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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.
In a significant regulatory milestone, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has announced its approval of the last remaining major permit needed to begin deployment of Docomo Pacific, Inc’s ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system.
Following a comprehensive environmental impact study in which ACE consults with various federal resource agencies, this permit allows Docomo Pacific to proceed with the marine lay and shore landings for the submarine cable that will connect Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.
“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone,” said Jonathan Kriegel, Docomo Pacific’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “As the construction of our cable landing stations nears completion, this permit allows us to begin the marine lay portion of our submerged cable, bringing us even closer to deploying a high-performance network that will connect our students with educators, patients to doctors, researchers to scientists, loved ones to their families and so much more.”
Expected to be completed in the latter part of June, the ATISA submarine cable system will span approximately 279 kilometers (173 miles) and act as a communications and entertainment gateway, expanding connectivity and capacity between the Marianas.
The ATISA cable system will incorporate six optical fiber pairs, providing two-way data transmission and a minimum design capacity of 4.8 terabits per second on each pair. ATISA will deliver broadband internet speeds up to 100 Mbps, new television entertainment options that include over 200 cable TV channels, fixed line telephone and an array of innovated enterprise solutions that are currently offered in Guam to customers in Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.