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Google and Asian firms including SingTel laying US-Japan underwater cable

Published on Aug 12, 2014 6:34 PM
 
Google is partnering five Asian telecom firms including SingTel to build a US$300 million (S$375.09 million) underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging Internet use. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Google is partnering five Asian telecom firms including SingTel to build a US$300 million (S$375.09 million) underwater cable across the Pacific Ocean in a bid to meet surging Internet use.

The project, named FASTER, would see the 9,000-km fibre-optic cable stretch from two points in Japan to the United States, with extensions to other Asian locations later on, the companies said.

In the US, the cable would be extended to link major cities on the west coast including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, they said.

There are several hundred underwater telecom cables that connect various points in the world.

 
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