Google partners with Facebook to build massive, super-fast undersea cable

Google partners with Facebook to build massive, super-fast undersea cable

In a recent announcement, tech giant Google said that it is building a massive, super-fast undersea cable, in partnership with Facebook, Pacific Light Data Communications, and TE Subcom.

The nearly 8,000 miles long undersea cable will connect Los Angeles and Hong Kong by 2018.

According to Google, the colossal undersea cable – the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) – will mark the new highest-capacity trans-Pacific route. Presently, the record of the highest-capacity trans-Pacific route is in the name of another Google-backed cable system – called FASTER – which connects the US and Japan.

The PLCN will boast 12,800 km of fiber and an approximate cable capacity of 120 Tbps. The capability provided by the cable will be enough to facilitate 80 million simultaneous HD video conference calls between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Highlighting the fact that the PLCN “will be among the lowest-latency fiber optic routes between Hong Kong and the US,” a statement released by Wei Junkang -- Chairman of the Hong-Kong based Pacific Light Data Communication Company -- revealed that the cable will be “the first to connect directly using ultra-high-capacity transmission.”

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