"Speed of Light" Trans-Pacific Cable Launched

July 4, 2016

Google announced that the 60Tbps long-haul undersea fibre optic cable from the US to Japan that it invested in has come online as of today, June 30, 2016. The Google Cloud itself will have access to up to 10Tbps (Terabits per second) of the cable's total 60Tbps bandwidth. This bandwidth will power Google Apps and their Cloud Platform. According to the Google Cloud team "customers will run at the speed of light with this new FASTER undersea pipe."

"This is the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built - about ten million times faster than your average cable modem - and we're beaming light through it starting today," commented Alan Chin-Lun Cheung of Google Submarine Networking Infrastructure. "This is especially exciting, as we prepare to launch a new Google Cloud Platform East Asia region in Tokyo later this year."

The new undersea cable system, announced in August 2014, was funded and built by a consortium of internet companies including Google, Singtel, China Telecom Global, KDDI and China Mobile International. The group partnered with NEC to build the cable which came to be known as FASTER for obvious reasons. "From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, Faster and FASTER', and at one point it became the project name and today it becomes a reality," said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee. "This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support."

"The completion of the FASTER cable system will provide capacity to support the expected four-fold increase in broadband traffic demand between Asia and North America," stated Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services of Singtel Group Enterprises. "By adding network redundancy and ultra-low latency to our existing trans-Pacific cable systems, it reinforces our leadership in international data services in the region and enhances our infrastructure to support our customers' critical data traffic."

"With a state-of-the-art design, the cable system provides continuous connectivity and sufficiently high capacity for cloud, video streaming, analytics and the Internet of Things, that will help spur innovation on both sides of the Pacific to stimulate the growth of the digital economy," he added.

NEC's OCC Factory made the state-of-the-art cables that power the FASTER connectivity system. Check out how they are made below:

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