March 31, 1997 |
AT&T Corp. and nine other telecommunications companies agreed to build a $1.4-billion undersea fiber-optic cable that will be the first to connect China and the U.S. The firms signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing. Also participating in the venture are Sprint Corp., MCI Communications Corp., SBC Communications Inc., Hong Kong Telecommunications Ltd., Korea Telecom, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Kokusai Denshin Denwa and China Telecom.
December 8, 1989 |
The Soviet Union, US West Inc. and seven other telecommunications companies plan to form a venture to develop a fiber-optic line linking Japan, the Soviet Union and Europe, it was announced Thursday. The 12,000-mile line would be the longest fiber-optic line in the world, crossing the Soviet Union and making undersea connections to Denmark, Italy and Japan, US West said. The Englewood, Colo.
April 18, 1989 |
The first fiber-optic cable across the Pacific Ocean went into service today, tying the United States and Japan together more tightly than ever before. The cable, no bigger than a garden hose, stretches 8,271 miles from California, through Hawaii, splitting in the western Pacific into legs that travel to Guam and Japan. Pacific Link vastly increases the capacity for communication across the Pacific, which is sometimes called the ocean of America's future. Instead of driving a golden spike, the builders of the $700-million cable marked its completion with a video teleconference between Japan and the board room of the New York Stock Exchange.
December 12, 1997 |
AT&T Corp. and 13 other U.S. and Asian phone companies, among them Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., will begin building the first undersea fiber-optic cable for transmitting phone calls connecting China and the U.S. early next year. The companies signed an agreement Thursday to build the $1.1-billion, 18,600-mile cable, which will connect the U.S. to China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Guam.
July 15, 1988 |
Doting grandparents and lonely businessmen separated from their families are among the buyers anticipated for still-video telephones that transmit black and white photographs of users, but many industry analysts say the concept is unlikely to catch on. The telephones have been unveiled by Japanese electronics manufacturers hoping to attract consumers flush with summer bonuses.