Google funding sub-Pacific internet cable

Posted on August 13, 2014


Search company Google is set to team up with five Asia-based telecommunications companies to construct a cable in the Pacific Ocean that will deliver faster internet connections.

The consortium has revealed that the cable project is to be known as ‘Faster’ and will connect the USA with Japan. The total cost of the venture is estimated to be $300 million (£179 million). Along with the California-based firm, the other enterprises included in the consortium are China Telecom, KDDI, China Mobile International, Sing Tel, and Global Transit.

This trans-Pacific Faster cable would be responsible for delivering internet speeds of up to 60 terabytes – the equivalent of sending 2,000 HD films – every second. It will connect Shima and Chikura in Japan with major cities across the west coast of the US, including Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco.

Submarine telecommunications already exist, with hundreds of these cables already connecting various regions across the globe. They are part of an essential infrastructure that ensures the running of global internet communications.

According to Woohyong Choi, the Faster Executive Committee’s chairman:

“The cable’s system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route.”

This particular route is among the world’s longest, and news suppliers are told that the cable is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2016.

This project can be categorised in Google’s strategy to deliver faster internet connections to all areas worldwide.

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