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Google and Facebook's new cable to link Japan and Southeast Asia

2021-08-16 17:35 by


Facebook and Google will be building an undersea network of internet cables in an attempt to bring internet and faster connections to the Asian-Pacific region. The two companies say the new submarine web cable will be ready for action by 2024, with an initial capacity of circa 190 Tb/second, shy of the current record (held by Google's Dunant cable at 250 Tb/second).

Dubbed Apricot, the infrastructure project will link Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Indonesia and help serve growing demand for broadband access and 5G wireless connectivity, Facebook said. In March, the company announced two new transpacific subsea cables connecting Singapore to the U.S. west coast, Bifrost and Echo, with Google participating in the latter.

"The Apricot cable is part of our ongoing effort to expand global network infrastructure and better serve the more than 3.5 billion people around the world who use our services every month," Nico Roehrich, manager of network investments at Facebook, said Sunday in a blog post.

Apricot will supplement Echo in boosting the resilience of Google Cloud and other digital services operating in the region.

"Together they'll provide businesses and startups in Asia with lower latency, more bandwidth, and increased resilience in their connectivity between Southeast Asia, North Asia and the United States," Bikash Koley, vice president of global networking at Google, said in a blog post.

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