Google consortium to build trans-Pacific, undersea fiber-optic cable

From the NEC press release:

A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million.

In order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route, FASTER will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs).

This new cable system will be landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan and will feature seamless connectivity to many neighboring cable systems to extend the capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations. Connections in the United States will extend the system to major hubs on the US West Coast covering the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas.

Google is joined by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel.

  • Billy Razzle

    Great! Now how about getting all of America fiber access?

    • Sigivald

      All 3.8 million square miles of it?

      Every giant city needing complete re-“wiring” to get fiber to the home?

      Copper’s fine for last-mile, honest. Don’t fetishize fiber to the home as Something Needed Right Now.

      The cities all have fiber backbones now, have for years; fiber is not Obviously The Only Right Solution to high-bandwidth home connections.

      • lucascott

        Yeah sure, why not. It’s been worth it for Google to do it in select cities. All by themselves. Why not join together with other companies, ISPs etc. Pledging to do all the work and cover the costs in exchange for receiving a cut of a preset monthly service fee from each subscriber for a period of whatever years and then it gets turned over to the city to control or whatever.

        Do it before the FCC finally gets told to get off their asses and force some kind of mass improvement.

        Perhaps as a PR stunt they could start with the super rural areas where folks are still stuck using dialup (yeah there are some). At least in terms of city buildings, libraries, schools etc

  • So, how is this effort with China not going to end with censorship and nanny state monitoring to make sure there is only a moral, pro-state use of this new intertube across the sea?

    Last time I walked into a TV station in China, they took my passport for fear I might run into a studio and yell anti-government slogans. This is a nation Google finds is a good partner? Big fat hairy surprise.

  • SDR97

    As long as the world’s biggest privacy invaders are banding together to provide us all with faster data, why didn’t the NSA get involved too?

    • Do you really think the NSA doesn’t have a feed on everything that goes through this line?

      • SDR97

        Well, sure, but at least they could pony up some of the dough.

  • Moeskido

    Hooray for the West Coast.

    • lucascott

      I’m on the West Coast and the only way this is a hooray for me is if it forces TWC to make sure that my connection isn’t down or unusably slow for 70% of every day.

      • Moeskido

        Then let’s hope it provides TWC with some genuine competition.