Google to help build $300m cable for 'Faster' internet
A global consortium of six companies to build new trans-pacific cable system
Google and five other companies have announced they are teaming up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds.
Named "Faster", the cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan and will cost approximately $300m.
Woohyong Choi, the chairman of the Faster executive committee, said, "Faster is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world. These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications.
"The consortium partners are glad to work together to add a new cable to our global infrastructure. The Faster cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world. The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet."
The six-company consortium is comprised of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel. The name Faster was adopted to represent the cable system's purpose of rapidly serving surging traffic demands.
In order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route, Faster will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs).
NEC Corp, which will be the system supplier for the cable network, said in a statement that construction would begin immediately and the network would be ready for service in the second quarter of 2016.
"NEC Corporation is proud to be the system supplier for the Faster cable system, a state-of-the-art long haul system that will provide additional connectivity and capacity between regions of the world that increasingly require more bandwidth," said Naoki Yoshida, general manager at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "Backed by more than 30 years of experience in constructing over 200,000 kilometers of cables, NEC is one of the world's top vendors of submarine cable systems."