Posted on 14.05.2010 - 11:00 EDT in SUBSEA TELECOMS NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links
Pacific Islands telecommunications providers FSMTC and MINTA and TE SubCom complete construction of extensions of HANTRU1 cable system
The Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) and the Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA), along with TE SubCom, an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced they have completed construction of FSMTC and MINTA Extensions to the HANTRU1 Cable System, which connects Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Guam in the western equatorial Pacific.
The extensions will provide the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands with high bandwidth connectivity to the rest of the world via state-of-the-art undersea fiber optic links. Previously connectivity to these island nations was only available using satellite transmission.
"Completion of the FSMTC and MINTA Extensions is a momentous occasion," said Tony Muller, President of MINTA. "The MINTA Extension will enable the Marshall Islands to connect to the global fiber optic network and break down the walls that previously isolated our nation and provide opportunities essential for national growth."
The one fiber pair extensions combined, with OADM branching units and a dedicated fiber pair on the HANTRU1 trunk, enable FSMTC and MINTA to have direct connectivity back to Guam. The dedicated Micronesian fiber pair has an ultimate capacity to transmit 16 10-Gigabit wavelengths. Because Guam is a regional node, FSMTC and MINTA have a variety of onward connectivity options.
HANTRU1 is owned by Hannon Armstrong Capital, LLC and operated by Truestone, LLC.
"The completion of this project is a result of much planning and collaboration," said Takuro Akinaga, Chief Executive Officer of FSMTC. "We appreciate the dedication of all the parties that have been involved in this project over the last ten years and look forward to the immeasurable benefits the people of Federated States of Micronesia will enjoy on account of enhanced access to the rest of the world."
"TE SubCom was pleased to play a vital role in the construction of the FSMTC and MINTA Extensions to the HANTRU1 cable system, which will provide a crucial communications upgrade for the island nations," said Jim Olson, Director Global System Sales, TE SubCom. "The advanced technology we deployed in the system will help foster growth in the region well into the future."