Google today announced that it is joining a consortium of five other companies to build and operate FASTER, a new trans-Pacific cable system that will connect Japan to the west coast of the U.S. with initial speeds of up to 60 Tb/s. Other members of the consortium include China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel. NEC will be the system supplier.
As Google’s vice president for its technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle writes on Google+ today, the company is making this investment to ensure that its products are 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.”
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