Google is ready to team up with five Asian telecommunications giant to establish another undersea cable system project from US to Japan.
The high speed internet optical fiber system called “FASTER” is estimated to cost around US$ 300 million, which will be invested by Google while partners China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Japan’s K.D.D.I., Malaysia’s Global Transit and Singapore Sing Tel also supporting the project.
Construction of “Faster” is expected to start soon with the completion target is in second quarter of 2016. After completion the underwater infrastructure will have initial capacity to transfer 60 terabytes per second, said N.E.C., the system supplier.
N.E.C. also said the aim of the project is to provide high-speed internet in the Southeast Asian countries on Trans-Pacific route.
And furthermore the project will help Google strengthen ties between US and Asia in telecommunications field.
The optical fiber system will start from major hubs on US West Coast such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco on the other hand, It will terminate at Chikura and Shima in Japan from where it will connect to neighboring cable systems, stretching the project from Japan to other Asian countries.
“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” FASTER executive committee chairman Woohyong Choi said in a statement.
“These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications.”
Google is being involved in the third major undersea cable system project in the last six years. Last year Google’s 8,900 Km fiber cable system connected Japan, China, Singapore and the Philippines while back in 2010 “Unity” went functional.
“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”, Google said in a blog post.