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Google's Undersea Cable to Japan is Now Live

2016-07-01 03:11 by


One of Google's largest investments - the $300 million FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast is already online. The project started back in 2014. It is a joint venture between six companies: Google, NEC, China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit and KDDI.

"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," comments the chairman of the FASTER Management Committee, Hiromitsu Todokoro.

With length of 9,000km, the cable lands in Oregon and has two landing points in Japan, specifically located outside of tsunami zones. There are also "extended connections" to major US West Coast hubs to cover Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland.

The cable is capable of transmitting up to 60 terabits per second, of which 10Tbps are allocated specifically for Google. Currently, it is the highest-capacity undersea cable in the world.

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