Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect Southeast Asia and America2021-03-29 18:18 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Echo, Bitfrost
Facebook has announced that it is going to team up with search engine giant, Google to install two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia with North America, along with regional telecommunication companies to better the internet connection capacity in these regions.
"Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and they will increase overall subsea capacity in the trans-pacific by about 70%," Facebook Vice President of Network Investments, Kevin Salvadori, told Reuters.
The two cables, which will need regulatory approval, follow previous investments by Facebook to build up connectivity in Indonesia, one of its top five markets globally. While Facebook is investing in both cables, Google is only investing in Echo. The cost of the projects has not been disclosed.
Echo is set to be completed in 2023 and involves Google and Indonesian telecommunications provider XL Axiata. Bitfrost will be completed in 2024 and involves Singaporean conglomerate Keppel as well as Telin, a subsidiary of South African telecommunications provider Telkom.
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