Google is teaming up with Facebook to build the fastest underwater cable in existence.
Along with Pacific Light Data Communication and TE Subcom, the tech titans will lay a 7,953-mile cable from Los Angeles to Hong Kong to help address traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the Trans-Pacific route.
The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will “provide enough capacity for Hong Kong to have 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls with Los Angeles,” Google Networking Infrastructure director Brian Quigley said in a blog post.
PLCN, which is expected to be operational by 2018, is being made to accommodate ever-changing infrastructure technology, “allowing us to independently choose network equipment and refresh optical technology as it advances,” Quigley added.
The cable project will also bring lower latency, more security and greater bandwidth to the APAC region.
This is not the first under-water cable system Google has been involved with. The company is also part of a consortium responsible for laying FASTER, the Trans-Pacific underwater cable system connecting the United States to two landing locations in Japan. Currently FASTER is the fastest underwater cable around, but PLCN will change all of that.
Facebook also is no stranger to subsea cables.
The social networking firm partnered with Microsoft to lay an underwater cable across the Atlantic. Known as MAREA, the 4,100-mile cable runs from Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and will then connect to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Completion of the project is expected this month.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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