1st cross-strait submarine cable completed

MOTC Minister Mao Chi-kuo (second left) and CHT Chairman Lu Shyue-ching (second right) give the thumbs-up to the first cross-strait submarine communications cable Aug. 21 in Kinmen.
Ceremonies were held in Kinmen County and the mainland Chinese city of Xiamen Aug. 21 marking completion of the first cross-strait submarine communications cable.

The project’s total price tag was NT$200 million (US$6.67 million), with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. investing NT$100 million, and three mainland telecom operators—China Telecom Corp., China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. and China Mobile Ltd.—contributing the rest.

The cable system will formally begin operations following review and approval by the ROC National Communications Commission.

ROC Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo said the undersea cable, which took 16 years to complete, will make it easier to carry out further cross-strait cable projects in the future.

Lu Shyue-ching, CHT chairman and CEO, said the project was launched in 1996 following meetings in Taiwan between high-level managers from the two sides of the strait.

The cross-strait submarine cable is an important link in CHT’s global deployment, Lu said, adding that it will help attract more foreign enterprises from the U.S., Southeast Asia and beyond to Taiwan by providing a shortcut to the mainland Chinese market.

The system consists of two lines, an 11-kilometer connection between Kinmen’s Lake Ci and Xiamen’s Guanyin Mountain, and a 9.7-km line between Kinmen’s Guningtou and Xiamen’s Dadeng Island.

Initially, the cable system will have a transmission capacity of 90 gigabits per second, with CHT allocating bandwidth of 30 Gbps from Taiwan to each of the three mainland Chinese operators involved in the project.

In the future, total bandwidth could be expanded depending on demand, CHT said.

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