Does the Acronym PLCN seem familiar? If any of you are wondering what that stands for, here goes. PLCN stands for Pacific Light Cable Network. It is a new subsea cable spanning the Pacific. This is being constructed under the combined partnership of Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication.
PLCN is one of the longest cable networks connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong directly. It is also going to be one of the highest-capacity trans-Pacific systems. The initially estimated design capacity is 120 Tbsp. It will have 12,800 km of fiber and transmit 120 terabits of data per second between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
PLCN provides great flexibility to the users. For previous versions of subsea cables, the system vendor would provide the initial optical equipment. This was dependent on the technology that was available during the period the cable was contracted. However, PLCN gives the parties involved complete independence in selecting its optical equipment. Also, equipment refreshes and modifications can be brought about as and when optical technology advances even during the construction of the system. This project is being built by TE SubCom. The costs are expected to go down as technology advances. Also, the bandwidth rates will increase at a rapid pace.
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Can you imagine a life without internet? Believe it or not, even today there exists a part of the population in the world who are unaware of or unable to access the magic network called the Internet. The other part cannot survive with accessing internet and its facilities. If you are in that part of the world that cannot pass a day or maybe a couple of hours also without internet, then consider yourself to be one of the lucky few.
According to The State of Broadband, which is a report released by The UN Broadband Commission, 57 percent of the population still has no access to the internet. This includes 90 % of the people who live in underdeveloped nations. As per this report, countries of Asia and the Middle East have the highest household broadband penetration.
The Republic of Korea has 98.5 % of homes with internet facility. Next, comes Qatar at 98 percent followed by Saudi Arabia at 94 percent. The lowest ranking goes to Guinea, Somalia, Burundi and Eritrea where less than 2% of the population have access to the internet.
The report was so shocking to the rest of the world who enjoyed using the net as they realized that it can also be called as one of the luxuries in life. Facebook decided to collaborate with the French satellite operator Eutelsat so that they could provide broadband internet to sub-Saharan Africa. Both the companies formed a multiyear agreement with satellite communications firm Spacecom. They plan to use AMOS-6 satellite which will be useful in beaming internet connections across Sub-Saharan Africa. The entire project is to be conducted and brought into operation very soon. The satellite is expected to start functioning by the second half of 2016. So keep your fingers crossed and expect the sub-Saharan regions to come online at the onset of the New Year!