Google, Facebook team on undersea cable from LA to Hong Kong2016-10-13 02:53 by Daniela
Tags: Google, Facebook
Google and Facebook will team up to lay a 12,800-kilometer undersea cable from Los Angeles to Hong Kong — the fastest underwater cable ever built. The two companies are working with Pacific Light Data Communication — a subsidiary of China Soft Power Technology.
When the network is completed, Facebook and Google will be able to access capacity on the network and lease capacity to other service providers.
The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will transmit 120 terabits of data per second. That's enouch capacity for Hong Kong to have 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls with LA. Its commercial launch is slated for the summer of 2018.
Once completed, PLCN will be the highest-capacity transpacific route. Until now, that record was held by the FASTER cable, which Google also has a stake in.
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