Google funded Faster Cable, a new undersea internet cable, connecting Japan with the US, is set to go online starting June 30th.
FASTER is a group of six international companies. In a joint announcement, they confirmed the construction and end-to-end testing is complete. The new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, the “FASTER Cable System will start service on June 30, 2016.
Google started making investments in many undersea cables back in 2008. The largest investment was the $300 million it invested in the FASTER cable between Japan and the U.S. West Coast.
The 9,000km trans-Pacific cable, the FASTER Cable System will connect Oregon in the United States and two landing points in Japan, Chiba and Mie prefectures.
The system has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the U.S. covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle.
The two landing points in Japan ease the cable’s easy access to major cities in Japan. Google funded Faster cable robust and resilient connectivity to many neighboring cable systems extends the cable’s capacity beyond Japan to other Asian locations.
“From the beginning of the project, we said to each other, “faster, Faster and FASTER”. At one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality. Also, this is the outcome of six member’s contribution and expertise together with NEC’s support. Said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee.
“While this epoch-making cable will bring benefits to the United States and Japan, Asia-Pacific region will also get the benefit.”
While Google is investing in the undersea cable, Microsoft and Facebook launched the undersea project called MAREA in May 2016. 4,100-mile Internet cable system will pass through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. This will make it easier to send and download data between nations on opposite sides of the world.