September 7, 2016

Google switches to undersea cable system in Taiwan

Google went a step further beyond the US-Japan link and invested in a cable linking Japan to Taiwan

This week, Google announced that its high speed undersea cable has gone live for the Asia market. Through their blog, Yan Tang, Google’s network resource APAC regional lead made a detailed announcement about the the company’s investment in the FASTER cable.

As reported earlier, the FASTER Consortium started using the US$300 million fiber optic cable in June this year, but that wasn’t enough for Google. They took a step further beyond the US-Japan link and invested in a cable linking Japan to Taiwan, where the company owns a data center in Changhua County.

Google claims that this Japan-Taiwan cable supports speeds of up to 26 terabits per second.

Google said in its blog post :

You may not notice right away, but this new cable should help Google products and services load more quickly across the region.

It should also improve the reliability and consistency of this speedier experience, since the cable was strategically built outside of tsunami zones to help prevent network outages related to natural disasters.

Google said that it has spent more than $1 billion constructing and staffing its two data centers in Asia last year.

Google added :

With more people coming online every day in Asia than anywhere else in the world, we’ve been working hard to invest in the infrastructure needed to make the Internet work for all of us who live in the region.

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