Google's fast as flash internet cable: All you need to know

Google operationalized a 9,000 kilometre undersea fibre broadband cable between the U.S. West Coast and Japan last night which will deliver speeds of up to 60 Terabits per second.

The $300 million undersea cable was laid with the help of firms like China Mobile, China Telecom, NEC, Global Transit and KDDI.

Out of the total bandwidth, Google gets dedicated access to 10 Terabits per second of data and will connect Bandon in Oregon with Chikura and Shima in Japan. The undersea cable, popularly knows as FASTER cable, will also deliver high speed broadband to other East Asian countries like Taiwan in due course. At the same time, it will also reach other cities in the U.S. West Coast like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Google is also set to launch its Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo and will use the existing undersea cable to deliver  “faster data transfers and reduced latency as GCP customers deliver their applications and information to customers around the globe.”

Not only is FASTER a live example of how undersea cables are the future of superfast broadband technology, the speed it delivers is  “about 10 million times faster than your cable modem,” says Urs Holzle, Google’s SVP of Technical Infrastructure. The cable carries six fibre-pairs, each carrying 100 wavelengths at 100 Gbps, and at some points, will lie as much as 8 kilometres under sea water. However, the cable's lightweight polyethylene material is just 17mm thick and the optical fibres within are made of extremely thin and highly purified glass.

Even though the Pacific undersea cable is a great achievement for Google and other companies that formed the consortium which built it, it pales in comparison with the 39,000 kilometre South East Asia Middle East Western Europe 3 network which connects Australia with East Asia and Western Europe, covering 33 countries and four continents in the process.

Images source: Computer World

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