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27
Aug
2014

Google Backs 300 Million Dollar 30% FASTER Trans-Pacific Internet Cable System

by Bill

A new Trans-Pacific cable system designed to improve data speeds from the United States to Japan and back by up to 30% is now getting some serious backing from Google with an expected cost of more than $300 Million dollars. The system, dubbed “FASTER”, is intended to be fully operation by June of 2016 and is also being jointly managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel with NEC signed on to be the system supplier.

FASTER will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan, with connectivity to neighboring cable systems as an extension of data capacity throughout Japan to other Asian countries and to key hubs in the United States including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and the Seattle area. More importantly, the entire system will utilize the newest 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technology available with a capacity expected to exceed 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs) to bridge the US and Japan at a speed never possible before now.

“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” FASTER executive committee chairman Woohyong Choi said in a statement. “The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”

Urs Hölzle, the Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure for Google echoed that optimism and explained the investment is an important one because Google consumers rely on all of the company’s products being “fast and reliable”, which is only possible if there is “a great network infrastructure” to support them. “FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia” Hölzle declared.

For more information about the FASTER project: check out The Next Web article detailing the plans. In only two years, Japan will effectively become 30% closer to the West Coast of the United States for all data transmissions and communications.

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