Google connects US and Japan through undersea cable
America internet giant, Google has said that that a long undersea cable backed by six companies connecting the United States and Japan is now operational.
The company said that the $300 million trans-Pacific undersea cable connecting the two countries on either side of the Pacific Ocean , is now live. The cable connects Oregon with the Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan utilising around 9,000 km wires. The cable will be capable of providing high speed service of as much as 60 terabits per second a host of locations in both the countires.
The cable, called The "FASTER cable connects a host of locations on the US west coast including Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and others. The cable will be capable of increasing internet speeds in Japanese cities as well as other major centres in Asia.
Google SVP UrsHölzle said that the 60Tbps total capacity is "more than any active subsea cable, and 10 million times faster than your cable modem." The cable is backed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Singtel besides Google and Japanese company NEC Corporation had started building FASTER back in the year 2014. Google owns a part of FASTER cable connecting Japan and Taiwan with a capacity of 20 Tbps.
HiromitsuTodokoro, chairman of the Faster management committee, said in a press release that, "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. This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support."
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