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Docomo granted Atisa license

HAGÅTÑA — The Federal Communication Commission has granted Docomo Pacific a license to land and operate a second fiber-optic submarine cable in Guam and the Northern Marianas, paving the way for the installation of the $25 million Atisa network project.

“Docomo Pacific is pleased to have obtained another important permit related to the Atisa submarine cable system. With the FCC approval in hand, the final permit required is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Jonathan Kriegel, president and CEO of Docomo.

The optical fiber system, approximately 279-km long, will connect Guam with Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, a game-changer that is touted to improve connectivity among the islands and stimulate competition in the local telecommunication industry.

Kriegel said the marine lay is expected to take place between late March and mid-May and commercial service is expected to launch in June. “Construction of the shore based facilities to support the Atisa is well under way,” he said.

The Atisa system, which will have a design capacity of 4.8 terabits per second (Tbps), will increase the number of cell sites on Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

“With the launch of Atisa, Docomo Pacific will be able to offer new services in the CNMI including 4G LTE mobile service, Internet at speeds up to 60 Mbps, over 200 Cable TV channels, Video on Demand, Pay Per View and, fixed line telephone,” Kriegel said. “Docomo Pacific looks forward to offering consumers and businesses in the CNMI a choice in their telecommunications and entertainment services.”

Earlier this month, Docomo signed a multimillion-dollar memorandum of understanding with the global tech giant Nokia, which will be the primary technology provider for the carrier.

“Our partnership with Nokia helps us to deploy state-of-the-art communications and entertainment services in the Marianas, Jonathan Kriegel, Docomo president and CEO said in a press release.

Docomo said the three-year contract with Nokia would allow the company to “launch a range of new fixed and mobile services.”

The partnership between Nokia and Docomo dates back to the launch of 3G services in Guam in 2008, followed by the rollout of LTE in 2012.

According to FCC documents, the Atisa system, along with associated cable landing stations, will consist of the five segments.

Segment 1 will connect the existing cable station in Piti to a branching unit located off the coast of Rota. Tata Communications (America) Inc. will own and operate the Piti landing station.

The second segment will connect the Rota branching unit to a newly constructed cable landing station in Songsong Village Sasanlagu, which will then lead to another unit located off the coast of Tinian, toward a newly constructed landing station at Tachognya Beach. Segment 5 will connect the Tinian branching unit to a preexisting structure at Sugar Dock South on Saipan.

Segments 1 and 3 will form the Guam-Saipan express route, which will consist of three fiber pairs with an initial capacity of 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). The remaining three fiber pairs connecting the local routes (Guam-Rota, Guam-Tinian, Rota-Tinian, Rota-Saipan, and Tinian-Saipan) will have an initial capacity of 10 Gbps.

According to FCC documents, Docomo will enter into a long -term lease with M.S. Villagomez Inc. for land on which the company owns a preexisting structure that will serve as the landing station at Sugar Dock South.

For the Rota and Tinian landing stations, Docomo will sign a lease with the CNMI government.