Google Invests In $300M Submarine Cable To Improve Connection Between Japan And The US


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.

1101-01As 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.”

This is not the first time Google is investing in a submarine cable. Back in 2008, it joined a very similar consortium in financing the 3.3 Tb/s trans-Pacific Unity

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