Google is planning to speed up its services in Asia and the tech giant has started bringing online a new high-speed fiber optic undersea cable. A subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Google is part of the six-member FASTER Consortium that began operating the world’s fastest undersea cable in June this year between the US and Japan, Xinhua news agency reported. Yan Tang, Google Network Resource’s Asia-Pacific regional head, posted a blog saying the company based in Mountain View, California, has further extended the Trans-Pacific link from Japan to China’s Taiwan province, where Google has its largest data center in Asia. Also Read - Google Chrome sending Enhanced Safe Browsing notifications? Know all about it here
At speeds of up to 26 terabits per second, “this new cable should help Google products and services load more quickly across the region”, Tang noted. Tang also said that the experience should also be more reliable, as the cable was built outside of tsunami zones to help prevent network outages related to natural disasters. In addition to Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit of Malaysia, KDDI of Japan and SingTel of Singapore are members of the FASTER Consortium. Built with about $300 million and 100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths optical transmission technologies, the 6-fiber-pair cable system lands at Bandon, Oregon, in the US and Chikura and Shima in Japan. Also Read - Nord 2 5G explosion fiasco: OnePlus releases statement following investigation
The 6-fiber-pair cable reaches major data communications hubs on the US West Coast covering the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas and connects many cable systems in Asian countries and regions neighboring Japan.