Alright, who knew Google and several other large companies, including Japan’s telecommunications company KDDI, were laying a fiber optics cable since 2014, on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean between the U.S. west coast and Japan? I didn’t. The fiber optics line has apparently been tested and should be up and running as of June 30, 2016. What makes this sort of hard to comprehend is, despite Japan and China pelting each other with verbal assaults over some worthless outcropping of rocks out in the middle of the ocean, Japan’s large communications company KDDI, and China’s Telecom Global and China Mobile International, are working together to participate in any future communications for electronic trade through this fiber optic line connecting the US to Japan.
Source: Science Alert
Google’s about to switch on what’s been called the highest capacity underwater fibre optic cable ever built, capable of delivering 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.
The new cable connects the US west coast to the Mie and Chiba prefectures in Japan, and will effectively double the current capacity along the route. It’s set to go live on 30 June, after months of testing.
The six-fibre pair cable – appropriately dubbed ‘FASTER’ – runs 9,000 kilometres, all the way from Oregon to the east coast of Japan, with hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. It also has the potential to connect the US with other major cities across Asia.
“From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, ‘faster, Faster and FASTER’, and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality,” said Hiromitsu Todokoro, chairman of the FASTER management committee.
The project was first announced back in 2014, and was led by a collaboration of six companies – Google, Global Transit, China Telecom Global, Singtel, China Mobile International, and KDDI. Japanese IT giant NEC Corporation was tasked with building the cable itself.
The hope is that the new fibre optic cable will help service providers in Asia and the US meet the increase in broadband traffic between the two continents in the future, which is expected to increase four-fold.
“The cable system … will help spur innovation on both sides of the Pacific to simulate the growth of the digital economy,” said Ooi Seng Keat, vice president of Singtel.
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