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Google extends FASTER undersea cable network to Taiwan

Tue 6 Sep 2016

Google Taiwan FASTER

Google has extended the reach of its undersea cable network in Asia, laying a 26Tbps connection between Japan and Taiwan, which currently houses the tech giant’s largest data centre in the region.

Google confirmed in today’s blog post that it had added the new FASTER cable to boost its speed of service in the area, as well as providing greater reliability and consistency for Taiwanese customers.

The high-speed cable was laid outside of earthquake and tsunami zones, in an attempt to better protect the infrastructure from network outages caused by natural disasters.

Google compared the new capability enabled by the cable to the entire population of Taiwan being able to take selfies and send them to Japan every 15 seconds – or 138 billion selfies per day.

Discussion around the FASTER system began in 2014, when a consortium of six member companies including Google, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and Singtel, proposed a 9,000km transpacific cable stretching between Oregon in the U.S. and Japan.

The first stage of the FASTER project was first established in June when a 60Tbps cable of bandwidth was laid between the two countries. This network is the world’s fastest fibre optic undersea cable ever installed.

Yan Tang, Network Resource APAC Regional Lead, wrote in the blog post that with an online population in Asia growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, it is critical to invest in the infrastructure required to support the internet in the region.

Tang added that the two APAC Google data centres are key to this push, and the company has already worked to expand its facility in Singapore to meet increasing demand. ‘It’s also why we’re investing in these undersea cables – to make everyone’s computing just a bit faster and to bring people around the world just a bit closer together,’ he concluded.

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