(The Hosting News) – Google has teamed up with five major Asian telecommunications companies to build an underwater cable system in the Pacific Ocean that will deliver faster Internet speeds for users in Japan.
The cable system, known as “Faster”, will connect major West Coast cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland to the coastal cities of Chikura and Shima where users will receive Internet speeds of 60 terabytes per second, reports ABC News.
“At Google we want our products to be fast and reliable, and that requires a great network infrastructure, whether it’s for the more than a billion Android users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform. And sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean,” says a blog post via Google +. “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). 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.”
Supplier NEC has said that construction on the system will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016.
Other investors in the $300 million underwater cable system include China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Sing Tel.