Korea-U.S. Internet Speed to Surge Next Year
From July next year, the speed of Internet transmissions between Korea and the U.S. is likely to become much faster. Chinese media on Tuesday reported that construction has started on a 26,000 km submarine fiber-optic cable that will span from China’s coastal city of Qingdao to the U.S.
The Trans-Pacific Express is being laid by six telecom operators including KT, Verizon from the U.S., Chunghwa Telecom of Taiwan, and China Telecom.
The cable will link Korea’s Geoje Island, China’s Qingdao, Chongming Island near Shanghai, Taiwan’s Tansui, and go across the Pacific to Nedonna Beach in Oregon in the U.S.
Once completed, the US$500 million TPE will enable the transmission of high-definition TV programs during the Beijing Olympics next year, and significantly boost the speed and capacity of IP, data and voice transmissions between the U.S. and Korea.