Google will back a new proposed Trans-Pacific high-speed cable link, that runs from the U.S to the shores of Japan, to the tune of 300 Million U.S Dollars. That’s according to a new report by The Next Web.
The not-so-creatively-named ‘FASTER’ is said to feature the “latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies,” and is expected to carry “60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs),” connecting the entire U.S to Japan’s Internet cable network across two points.
“The new cable system will be landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan, but will also feature connectivity to many neighboring cable systems so as to extend the capacity beyond Japan to other Asian countries,” reports Emil Protalinski.
“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” Woohyong Choi, FASTER Executive Committee Chairman said in a statement to the publication. “These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications.”
This isn’t the first internet-related deal we’ve seen Google propose that it is going to put its money where its mouth is, however.
You may remember last June we detailed the company’s plans to inflate huge aeronautic balloons that would sit just above the Earth’s lower atmosphere – above the level normal commercial airliners usually use – and that would theoretically carry the internet, (and the network required to access it), to those remote regions that don’t yet have access to the modern-day ‘Internet’.
You can learn more about “Project Loon” – at google.com/loon.