Google and Facebook are teaming adult to build a 120 Terabits per second (Tbps) submarine wire that will bond Los Angeles with Hong Kong. The dual companies are operative with Pacific Light Data Communication — a unconditionally owned auxiliary of China Soft Power Technology that’s comparatively new to a sub-sea wire game.
Once a new 12,800 km wire is during full capacity, it’ll be a highest-capacity trans-Pacific wire yet. Until now, that record was hold by a FASTER cable, that Google also has a interest in.
When it was initial announced late final year (and before Google’s or Facebook’s names were trustworthy to a project) a guess was that a construction of a new Pacific Light Cable Network would cost about $400 million. The wire will underline 5 fiber pairs. A singular one of those pairs will be means to yield 24 Tbps of bandwidth.
Google tells me that all parties participating in building a wire will have their possess apportionment of a wire and that a association will have a possess fiber span to keep a possess trade private.
The new wire will become a sixth submarine wire that Google has a interest in (the others are Unity, SJC, FASTER, MONET and Tannat).
While it might seem surprising for Google to partner with Facebook on this kind of project, submarine cables mostly underline these kind of partnerships. Facebook and Microsoft recently teamed adult to build a trans-Atlantic cable, for example, that during 160 Tbps is even faster than a Pacific Light wire (but also usually half as long). Amazon, too, is starting to deposit in a possess submarine cables, though so far, a association has not partner with other attention giants to do so.
As Google notes, a new wire will move reduce latency and larger bandwidth to a business in a APAC region. The same can be pronounced for Facebook’s customers, too, of course.