China Focus: Undersea fiber optic cable links mainland, Taiwan
TAIPEI/FUZHOU, Jan 20, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
An undersea fiber-optic
communications cable directly linking the Chinese mainland and Taiwan
was officially put into service on Friday.
It is the first communications cable linking both sides of the
The operation of the "direct communications link," which came
after both sides formed direct mail, trade and transport links, means
mainland-Taiwan communications will no longer rely solely on
The move has been widely hailed by telecommunications circles and
authorities from both sides as "a significant step forward in
promoting cross-Strait peace and development."
Connecting Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province, and Tamsui, Taiwan,
the cable stretches 270 kilometers, the shortest distance between the
mainland and Taiwan.
The cable, "Cross-Strait Fiber-Optic 1," was jointly constructed
by mainland telecommunications companies China Unicom, China Mobile
and China Telecom and Taiwan-based FarEasTone, Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan
International Gateway Corporation and ChungHwa Telecom. Cable-laying
work began on Nov. 6 last year.
Two ceremonies were held simultaneously on Friday in Taipei and
Fuzhou to mark the official launch of operations.
The cable incorporates the most advanced transmission
It is expected to largely enhance cross-Strait communications and
free both sides from their reliance on international fiber-optic
communications cables, said Chang Xiaobing, board chairman of China
"Today, a happy occasion is observed on both sides of the Taiwan
Strait," said Lin Join-sane, chairman of the Taiwan-based Straits
Exchange Foundation in Taipei.
According to executives of Taiwanese telecommunications firms, the
cable is significant in promoting cross-Strait exchanges by offering
a more convenient and more stable means of communication, and it will
also bring new business opportunities to the island's
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