Fiber optic cables are ultra-high speed cable systems consisting of multiple fiber pairs. With the increased demand of internet services worldwide, these cables utilize the very latest technologies to assure extremely high reliability, low latency, and long system life.
48 NORTH has been contracted to support a variety of submarine fiber optic cables, including six major trans-Pacific, regional, and scientific fiber optic cable installations in the US (see below). We are also supporting the Quinault Indian Nation with the permitting of their new Cable Landing Station in Washington State.
The 48 NORTH team have developed permit feasibility studies and identified and acquired all federal, state, and local environmental permits and reviews necessary for the marine surveys, installation, and operation of these cables. In addition to working closely with federal, state, and local regulators, we have engaged with key stakeholders, such as regional fishing groups (e.g., Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee) and local regulators.
In addition to permitting these cable systems, we have also developed comprehensive Landing Point Studies across multiple geographic scopes, identifying and recommending submarine cable landing locations that are technically feasible, permittable, and environmentally viable.
Featured Cable Systems
Regional Scale Nodes
The Regional Scale Nodes (RSN), an underwater cabled observatory off the coast of Oregon and Washington, is part of a larger NSF funded Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) that also includes Coastal and Global Observatories and a Cyberinfrastructure.
FASTER Cable System
48 NORTH supported NEC Submarine Networks Division (NEC Corporation) with the environmental permitting of the FASTER Cable project, a trans-Pacific submarine fiber optic telecommunications cable system operated by Google, linking the west coast of the US with Japan.
New Cross Pacific Cable System
The NCP Cable System is a 13,618 km trans-Pacific submarine cable extending from Asia to the US (Pacific City, OR). The NCP project was Microsoft's first investment in international submarine cable system as a consortium member and the landing party in the US.
Hawaiki Cable System
The Hawaiki Submarine Cable is a submarine fiber optic cable linking Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Hawaii, and the US West Coast.
Jupiter Cable System
The Jupiter Cable System is a planned 14,600 km submarine fiber optic cable extending from Asia to the US. The system connects Maruyama, Japan; Shima, Japan; Los Angeles, California, USA; and Daet, Camarines Norte, Philippines, with a branch to Pacific City in Oregon.
SEALink Cable System
The SEALink project will create a 214-mile submarine fiber optic cable from Prince of Wales Island to Juneau in southeast Alaska, with an overland crossing on Mitkof Island through the community of Petersburg. The project also involves terrestrial network build-outs in the communities of Coffman Cove and Kasaan, which currently lack broadband service.