Mashable reports about the tech giant's plans to tap a line to Asia. Could Australia be next?
The ties that bind Google to Asia are about to get a bit deeper, literally.
Google has announced plans to build a new undersea cable called FASTER in partnership with five Asia-based telecom companies.
Included in the consortium are NEC, KDDI, China Telecom Global, SingTel, China Mobile International and Global Transit, essentially the region’s largest telecom players. When finished, the cable will be capable of delivering speeds of up to 60 terabytes per second.
“[S]ometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean,” said Urs Hölzle, SVP of technical infrastructure at Google, on his Google+ page. “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 … FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia.”