Google and China to team up on massive deep-sea cable
Google are stumping up around $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network. They'll probably work something out so they can advertise to fish and mermaids while they're down there.
The cable is going to be called 'FASTER'. With it being the 20th anniversary of the Manic Street Preacher's 'Holy Bible' this year, you can only imagine that this is in tribute that, or indeed, homage to Richie Edwards' potential cadaver, which could well have floated to Japan by now.
The cable network will have an initial capacity of 60 terabits per second and will connect Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Oregon and Seattle to Chikura and Shima in Japan. It will inevitably carry a lot of Hentai porn to hipsters in the States.
NEC Corp, which will be the system supplier for the cable network, said in a statement that construction would begin immediately and the network would be ready for service in the second quarter of 2016.
Importantly, the network will be able to connect to neighbouring cable systems, which means Google are eyeing up China again, who have all that lovely money to spend.
And it just so happens that, also involved in the project, is China Mobile International and China Telecom Global as well as TIME Dotcom Bhd’s Global Transit, KDDI Corp and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.