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Google mulls trans-Pacific cable investment

Search giant reportedly delving deeper into private networks

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Web search giant Google Inc is exploring investment in a new cable that would cross the Pacific Ocean and connect Oregon data centres with those in Japan, Reuters reported.

In 2010 Google invested in a similar cable project, which reportedly cost $300m.

If Google does invest, the decision will coincide with a marked increase in data traffic through private networks, which are used because of their relative security.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google's private B4 network, which is used for data transmissions such as emails and YouTube videos, carries more traffic than its public-facing Internet search network.