Japan's role as the hub for telecommunications traffic between the United States and Asia is being challenged by a new generation of undersea fibre-optic cables which bypass the country completely. The submarine fibre-optic cable industry is seeing its first major boom since the collapse of the "dot-com" Internet bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and three major new cables are redrawing the map of telecommunications links between the Asia and North America.
Only one of the new routes, the Unity cable system linking Los Angeles in the United States with the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, is following the old norm of routing telecommunication links to Asia via Japan.
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