Even though we live in an era of wireless technology, our Internet still functions through cables. These cables not only control our Internet speeds, but also determine the area we can cover with proper connectivity.
For this reason, it is important for us to keep adding more and more cable lines across the surface of the world. These lines not only connect one city to another, but are also crucial in maintaining the connection between different countries and continents.
To cover the gap between various continents, Internet based companies have to resort to laying special underwater cables, that can cover long distances and still remain operational.
Up until now, the distance and connection speeds of cables like these was quite limited, however, now, Google is about to switch on what’s been called the highest capacity underwater fibre optic cable ever built.
What makes this claim credible is the fact that this new cable is expected to be capable of delivering over 60 Terabytes per second (Tbps) of bandwidth when operational.
Not only that, it will also cover an exceptional distance of 9000 Kilometers between the US west coast and the Mie and Chiba prefectures in Japan.
The cable itself will start from Oregon, with hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, before crossing the Pacific Ocean to Japan.
Making this project possible was a collaboration between six companies; Google, Global Transit, China Telecom Global, Singtel, China Mobile International, and KDDI.
All six companies will divide the bandwidth between themselves, with Google getting access to 10TBPS, which will be used for improving the support for Google’s customers in Asia.
If successful, this project will be followed by many more of it’s type, aimed at improving internet connectivity for the entire world.
We will be keeping a keen eye on the project (named Faster) as it’s already at it’s inaugural launch date of 30 June. Can’t wait.