The phone lines just aren't cutting it anymore as a means to transmit data. While some companies are looking to the skies and hoping that wireless technology will take off, NEC is doing just the opposite: putting new lines under water. The company is now putting forth a new network concept based on Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), a fiber-optic transmission technique that employs light wavelengths to transmit data parallel-by-bit or serial-by-character. NEC will be using DWDM in its "Terrestrial/Submarine Integrated Global Seamless Network." To cope with bandwidth overload, many countries are deploying DWDM-based large-capacity backbone networks. Large-scale submarine cable projects linking major cities are also taking place throughout the world. NEC has been offering its terrestrial DWDM system, called the SpectralWave Series, to network carriers in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Now, the company is supplying its NS320 DWDM-based submarine system to Asian Pacific projects such as Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2), Australia Japan Cable (AJC) and East Asia Crossing 2 (EAC2). Features of NEC's Terrestrial/Submarine Integrated Global Seamless Network include rapid provisioning, space reduction, and bandwidth efficiency. To learn more about DWDM, check out this website . Hopefully, you go to the kind of cocktail parties where folks aren't bored by such stuff.