Google, Asian firms laying Trans-Pacific undersea cable

Google has been involved in similar projects before, including a 2008 deal to build an ultra-high-speed submarine cable to carry Internet and other traffic between Japan and the United States.

Google is partnering with five Asian telecom firms to build a $300 million underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging Internet use.

But “the FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world”, Woohyong Choi, chairman of the project’s executive committee, said in the statement.

The project, named FASTER, would see the 9,000-kilometre fibre-optic cable stretch from two points in Japan to the United States, with extensions to other Asian locations later on, the companies said.

The telecom firms involved in the project are Japanese mobile carrier KDDI, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Malaysia‘s Global Transit, and Singapore‘s SingTel, the statement said.

Read more here: ABC

    

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