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Google Joins $300 Million Effort to Lay High-Speed Cable Across Pacific

Google and five Asian telecoms giants are investing a collective $300 million in a new trans-Pacific fiber-optic cable system called FASTER that should speed up Internet connections and services on the Pacific Rim. It will extend between central Japan and Northern California, providing a capacity of 60 terabytes per second in bandwidth — enough for 60,000 gigabit connections operating at their limits. Google and other tech companies have been active in the area, bulking up connections with projects like the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable and Pacfic Gateway Project.

"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," Woohyong Choi, chairman of the project's executive committee, said Monday. "The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet." NEC will oversee the cable's actual deployment, and the other companies chipping in are China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, KDDI, SingTel and Global Transit. The cable is expected to be in service in mid-2016.

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