Google is Backing a USD 300M Pacific Internet Cable Plan between US and Japan

Google is part of a USD 300 million project to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER”, that will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan: Chikura and Shima. The six companies have signed signed commercial agreements to develop the cable include China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel, with NEC corporation as the system supplier.


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The service will go live in second quarter of 2016 with features including the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60TB/s (100GB/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs). It will also connect to extend its capacity to other Asian countries beyond Japan.  Connections in the United States will extend the system to major hubs on the US West Coast covering the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas.

“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world. These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications,” said Mr. Woohyong Choi, the chairman of the FASTER executive committee.

This new cable is expected to further extend the already complex infrastructure that makes up the internet. “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,” Choi emphasized. “The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”

Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle also shared his views about the project on Google+:

At Google we want our products to be fast and reliable, and that requires a great network infrastructure, whether it’s for the more than a billion Android users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform. And sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean. That’s why we’re investing in FASTER, a new undersea cable that will connect major West Coast cities in the US to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60 Tbps (that’s about ten million times faster than your cable modem). Along with our previous investments – UNITY in 2008 and SJC (South-East Asia Japan Cable) in 2011, FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia. 

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Apart from this, Google bought device management app Divide and had acquired Android optimization platform FlexoCore as well as Swiss start-up Bitspin. It had also introduced barter system on Google+ and announced the launch of its Google Maps in Hindi for desktop and android mobile phone users..

Recently, Google had launched Fit Health data Platform, Android Auto, TV, One and Android Wear at I/O conference 2014.

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