Cable to connect West Coast USA to Japan
Google and five other large companies have embarked on a project to lay a cross-Pacific cable which will deliver immensely fast internet speeds. The cable, which has been given the name ‘Faster’, will connect the US with Japan.
The project will cost around $300m and aims to be live by 2016.
Subsea cables connect many of the world’s communication lines, and play a crucial role in enabling distant countries to communicate with each other. Faster will be capable of transmitting 60 terabytes per second, the equivalent of 1,200 blu-ray discs. .
It will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to cities on the west coast of the US which include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
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