Alaska United is a high capacity diversely routed ring protected fiber optic communication network connecting Alaska’s major population centers with the lower 48 states.
The network consists of six major sections:
- AU-North/NW providing connection of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez to Prudhoe Bay to the submarine network.
- AU-East connecting Anchorage, Juneau, and Seattle with landing sites at Whittier, Lena Point and Lynwood, WA.
- AU-West connecting Anchorage to Seattle with landing points in Seward, Ketchikan and Warrenton, OR.
- AU-SE connecting the Southeast Alaska communities of Juneau, Sitka, Angoon, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan to the submarine network.
- KKFL providing connections to Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Seward and Kodiak through the KKCC cable.
- Connection with the UUI TERRA SW hybrid system serving SW Alaska.
The system utilizes optical amplification allowing flexible capacity expansion through the life of the system. The submarine portions where installed with state-of-the-art burial and laying technique by industry leaders. The cable is buried from the cable landing stations to a water depth of 4,900 ft where possible to avoid external aggressions. The networks diversely routed SONET ring architecture provides the highest availability and security of any commercial communication system for the state of Alaska.