Google has thrown its weight and money behind a new project that will be laying an undersea cable between Japan and the US. The cable will significantly increase internet connectivity speeds between Japan and the US. The massive cable will have a data throughput of 60Tbps via six fiber-pair cables.
Google is one of six companies that will be participating in the project including China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, and Singte. NEC is participating in the project as a system supplier. The cable has been dubbed Faster and will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan with LA, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle in the US.
Chairman of the Faster executive committee Woohyong Choi says that the new cable will benefit users around the world. “The consortium partners are glad to work together to add a new cable to our global infrastructure. 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. The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global internet.” the cable is expected to be ready for service by Q2 2016.
via The Inquirer
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