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A superfast internet cable is going to be built under the Pacific Ocean

The cable, which will deliver speeds of up to 60Tb/s and is being backed by six companies including Google, will be ready around mid-2016.

1101-01 The FASTER cable will connect the US west coast with two locations in Japan. Source: NEC

SIX MAJOR COMPANIES, including Google, are joining forces to build a superfast internet cable under the Pacific Ocean.

The Trans-Pacific cable, which will be called FASTER, will connect the US to two landing locations in Japan and is expected to cost $300 million (€224 million).

The cable will deliver speeds of up to 60Tb/s, and will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to the west coast of the US. It’s expected that the cable will be extended to major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle as well as beyond Japan and other Asian locations.

The construction of the cable will begin immediately and is expected to be completed and ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016.

The six companies involved include Google, which is working with a number of Asian telecom companies like China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KKDI and SingTel.

Google already offer its own fibre broadband service in the US called Google Fibre, which delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s.

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