Google and Facebook for new undersea internet cable

An 8,000-mile undersea internet cable will stretch all the way from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

A collaboration headed by two of the world’s richest companies will soon see the creation of an 8,000-mile undersea internet cable which will stretch all the way from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

The Pacific Light Cable Network (or PLCN) is set for launch in the summer of 2018 and will also see the involvement of underwater communication specialists TE Subcom, who are set to provide some major new technology aimed at vastly improving the PLCN’s bandwidth, and Pacific Light Data Communication.

Google and Facebook have both previously invested in a vast amount of undersea cable in a bid to improve the reliability and speed of internet connections in various countries across the world, including the USA and Japan, as we increasingly rely on faster and faster connections in both our work and home lives.

At an estimated capacity of 20 terabits a second, the service will be as twice as fast as the quickest trans-pacific cable currently available being able to transport every book ever written through the cable in a matter of a few seconds. 

Brian Quigley, one of Google’s principle engineers, stated that the "PLCN will bring lower latency, more security and greater bandwidth to Google users in the APAC region”. 

Source: The Telegraph

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