Government proposes to install submarine optical fibre cable system connecting HK, US

Local | 13 Oct 2017 11:36 am

The government said it intends to allow PCCW Global to lay a submarine optical fiber cable, approximately 39.8 kilometers in length and 100 millimeters in diameter, within an area of approximately 2.19 hectares of foreshore and seabed from Deep Water Bay to offshore southeast waters extending up to the eastern boundary of the city.

The submarine cable in Hong Kong waters is a section of the Pacific Light Cable Network, approximately 12,800 kilometers in length, will connect Hong Kong and the United States.

It is expected to help meet the tremendous demand for telecommunications services between Asia and North America.

The proposed works are scheduled to commence during the first and second quarter of 2018, the government said, and primarily include installation of the submarine optical fiber cable by jet ploughing or jetting technique in deeper waters, and by divers directly in near-shore waters.

The submarine cable will be buried in a narrow trench of approximately 0.5 meters in width at a target depth of approximately 5 meters below the seabed.

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