Google adds 26Tbps Asian link to FASTER subsea cable
07 September 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe
Google has started to bring a new high-speed subsea cable online in Asia, linking the trans-Pacific FASTER subsea cable from Japan to Taiwan.
The news comes after Google and five other FASTER consortium member companies – China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel – launched a $300 million 60Tbps fibre-optic subsea cable which went live at the end of June. Google has access to up to 10Tbps of the cable’s total bandwidth.
With more people coming online in the region, Google has invested heavily in infrastructure to enhance connectivity, upload and download speeds in the region.. “We wanted to spread this lightning fast connectivity a little bit farther, though,” said Yan Tang, network resource APAC regional lead at Google in a blog post.
“So, to extend the benefits of this trans-Pacific link to the rest of Asia, we invested in a cable that links FASTER in Japan on to Taiwan, where our largest data centre in Asia provides millions of people across Asia with quick access to our tools and services, at speeds of up to 26Tbps.”
Speaking after the launch of the data centre in Changhua County, Taiwan, Joe Kava, vice president of data centres at Google, had said: “The larger of our two new Asian data centres, our long-term (and expanded) investment will reach $600 million.”
Last year, Google said it had spent more than $1 billion in building and staffing of its two data centres in Asia. The second data centre in the region is in Singapore, which Tang added had been recently expanded. “It’s also why we’re investing in these undersea cables – to make everyone's computing just a bit faster and to bring people around the world just a bit closer together.”
Tang added: “You may not notice right away, but this new cable should help Google’s products and services to load faster across the region. It should also improve the reliability and consistency of this faster experience, because the cable was strategically built outside the tsunami zone to help prevent outages network related to natural disasters.”
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