Tuesday, 05 July 2016 03:33

Google launches 9,000-km long undersea Internet cable between Japan and the US


The world’s highest-capacity undersea Internet cable, a 9,000-kilmetre link between the US and Japan backed by Google has been activated.

The fibre cable, which can transport data at 60 terabits per second (60 million Mbps) is expected to be a significant boost to trans-pacific Internet speeds.

Google is one of six companies behind the project, alongside Asian telecoms groups. Google’s Urs Holzle said it had “more [capacity] than any active subsea cable.”

Stephen Lam / Getty Images

Demand for faster Internet speeds and extra capacity is increasing as more devices go online and amid the growth of cloud Internet services, which Google is a significant player in.

Almost all international Internet traffic runs via undersea cables, but in the Internet’s earlier days much of the traffic was via satellites.

The $390 million “Faster” cable system will connect to hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and two points in Japan.

Google is also backing a project to build a cable between Florida and Brazil due to be finished by the end of the year, while Microsoft and Facebook recently announced a trans-atlantic cable between Virginia Beach and Bilbao in Spain.

“Faster is one of just a few hundred submarine cables connecting various parts of the world, which collectively form an important backbone that helps run the Internet,” Holzle said.

Laying the cable under the sea requires specially-designed ships which can lay up to 125 miles per day. Although the optical fibres that transport data are extremely thin, the cables have to be reinforced with layers of tubing, steel wires and plastic to prevent damage.

The cables have become a target for shark attacks, with sharks possibly drawn to the electromagnetic signals running through them. Shark attacks forced Google to reinforce parts of its cable infrastructure with a special Kevlar coating in 2014.

Source:  http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/google-launches-9000-km-long-undersea-internet-cable-between-japan-and-the-us

Live Classes Schedule

There are no up-coming events


World's leading professional association of Internet Research Specialists - We deliver Knowledge, Education, Training, and Certification in the field of Professional Online Research. The AOFIRS is considered a major contributor in improving Web Search Skills and recognizes Online Research work as a full-time occupation for those that use the Internet as their primary source of information.

Get Exclusive Research Tips in Your Inbox

Receive Great tips via email, enter your email to Subscribe.