Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Tech News

Faster: Google plugs their undersea cable into Japan

(TECH NEWS) In a world of increasing interconnectivity, Google has just, quite literally, plugged into Japan.

Going Faster

In a world of increasing interconnectivity, Google has just, quite literally, plugged into Japan.

bar
The 5,600 mile long fiber-optic cable, known as “Faster,” stretches under the ocean from Oregon to two different landing points off the coast of Japan. It’s faster and has a higher-capacity to transmit data than any other underwater cable ever built.

Why is it a big deal?

Faster was installed by Japanese tech company NEC, but was funded by Google, in partnership with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel. Google had announced earlier this year that it plans to offer cloud computing from Tokyo later this year.

The cable can deliver 60 terabits per second of bandwidth – that’s more than half the total bandwidth available in the West Coast of the U.S. and Asia combined at the end of last year.

Google is reserving 10 terabits to speed up communications between its own computing data centers, reflecting and industry trend towards using undersea cables for internal communications. Until recently, most undersea cables had supported public internet traffic, but more and more tech companies are using them to interconnect their own data centers, bypassing the Internet. Nowadays, 60 percent of total cable capacity is used up by private networks. Last month, Facebook and Microsoft announced that they would team up to build a trans-Atlantic cable stretching from Virginia to Spain.

Preventing network outages

Says Jonathan Hjemob, senior analyst at Teleogeography, “we are seeing a very clear trend towards private networks becoming the major users of international submarine cable capacity.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Google’s cable is specifically placed where it won’t be disturbed by earthquakes and tsunamis, to “help prevent network outages when the region is facing the greatest need,” according to Google’s blog. This is Google’s fourth undersea cable, and the company will likely build more. Google is also hunting for “dark fiber,” or unused fiber-optic cables, to use to connect their data centers over land.

#Faster

Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Business News

With strict competition and anti-trust allegations, Google is slipping down the path of layoffs and company cuts.

Tech News

The Made By Google event comes to New York in October 2022, where the tech giant will debut new tech like a smartwatch, phone,...

Business News

Expressing emotions over text has never been easier with emojis. Now, Google Docs is following suit, allowing emojis and interactive features.

Business News

Streaming services have been dominating, but are we nearing the official death of cable TV with YouTube's Channel Store?

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.