(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google will be joining five major Asian telecommunications companies in a project to deliver faster Internet access to users in Japan through an underwater cable system.
The cable system, dubbed “Faster”, will connect major West Coast cities to users in Chikura and Shima through underwater fiber cables that run across the Pacific Ocean, says the tech giant via blog post.
“Sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean. That’s why we’re investing in FASTER, a new undersea cable that will connect major West Coast cities in the US to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60 Tbps (that’s about ten million times faster than your cable modem),” says Google. “Along with our previous investments – UNITY in 2008 and SJC (South-East Asia Japan Cable) in 2011, FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia. “
Other investors in the $300 million Faster project include China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel.
According to Forbes, there are currently 200 fiber optic cables in the ocean that offer Internet access to users across the world. As of 2013, the cables carried 51 billion gigabytes per month, though this number is expected to increase to 132 billion gigabytes in the next four years.
Construction on the underwater cable system is said to begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.