Google is backing a $300 million project to build and operate a high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system by 2016. Called FASTER, the project will be managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel. NEC will be the system supplier.
The project will connect the U.S. to two locations in Japan, Chikuru and Shima, using 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies. The system will also have neighboring cable systems so the connectivity can be shared with other Asian countries.
“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” FASTER chairman Woohyong Choi said. “These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications.”
The cable will expand on the current infrastructure of the Internet.
“The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world,” Choi said. “The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”
Google's senior VP of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, said the company is backing the project because “a great network infrastructure" needs to be in place to allow for their products to be "fast and reliable."