Pretty soon, the United States and Asia will be conjoined in a new, unique way as Google has announced its plans to build a new underseas cable called FASTER that will connect the two bodies of land.
The cable will be built in partnership with five Asia-based telecom companies.
Partnering with NEC, KDDI, SingTel, China Mobile Internation and Global Transit and China Telecom Global, which are the region’s largest telecom companies, Google claims that the new cable, when finished, will be able to deliver speed of up to 60 terabytes per second.
In a post on his Google+ page, Urz Hölzle stated that sometimes “the fastest path requires going through an ocean” when it came to connecting the two regions.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The FASTER cable project will cost $300 million to build and deploy, and is slated for completion by the second quarter of 2016. The cable will reach from Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Shima and Chikura, which are located in southeastern Japan.
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