“ATISA” Submarine Cable
Guam and CNMI is ready for service –
6701) announced today that the 280 kilometer ATISA submarine fiber optic cable
system connecting Guam to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
is complete and operational.
ATISA is owned by DOCOMO PACIFIC Inc., a
wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Inc., who selected NEC, a global leader
in the integration of IT and network technologies, to design and build the
The ATISA submarine cable project (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 is now 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).
With the ATISA cable, DOCOMO PACIFIC is
providing high-speed internet connectivity services to enterprise customers,
including their first enterprise partner, the Commonwealth Port Authority,
which operates the Francisco C. Ada Saipan International Airport. 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.
“We are excited to announce that our ATISA
submarine cable system is ready for service,” said Jonathan Kriegel,
DOCOMO PACIFIC’s President and CEO. “ATISA makes it possible to offer the
people of the CNMI the same world-class products and services already available
to our customers in Guam. We look forward to working with enterprise partners of
all sizes in the CNMI and helping them to serve their customers faster and more
effectively,” he added.
“We want to sincerely thank our associates,
advisers, and suppliers who have worked tirelessly over the last year and half
to make ATISA a reality. We would also like to thank the CNMI government
agencies, community partners, and especially the people of Rota, Saipan and
Tinian for welcoming this project and helping to bring it to completion. ATISA
is a major investment in our families and community, and enables us to create
ONE Marianas for everyone,” said Kriegel.
“It is a great honor that NEC has played a
part in this significant achievement for the CNMI. I am so happy to share this
special and exciting moment with our customers. Since NEC is located in the
Asia-Pacific region, we can always provide “real-time” technical
support during the operation and maintenance phase as well. I hope that our
partnership will be further enhanced, and that we will help develop the CNMI
region together, toward deepened mutual understanding and the fulfillment of
human potential,” said Toru Kawauchi, General Manager, Submarine Network
Division, NEC Corporation.
NEC has been active in the submarine cable
system business for more than 40 years and is now recognized as one of the
world’s top submarine cable vendors. Including the current construction of the
SEA-US cable, the first 100Gbps trans-Pacific cable, NEC has laid a total of
more than 250,000 kilometers of cable–the equivalent of six trips around the
About DOCOMO PACIFIC
DOCOMO PACIFIC is the largest provider of
quad-play telecommunications and entertainment services in the Marianas. A
wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile phone operator,
DOCOMO PACIFIC provides award-winning services aimed at transforming your
television, mobile, online and home telephone experience. These innovative
services include the Marianas’ first 100 Mbps online speeds, 4G LTE mobile
services, and the new TiVo cable TV platform. DOCOMO PACIFIC is committed to
bringing you and your family closer to the things that matter most. Get to know
more about what makes us “better together” at www.docomopacific.com.
About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration
of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the
world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize
the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet
the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100
years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses
and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.
Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the
NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the
safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company’s
corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to
help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value
for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html.