Tech giants are increasing investing millions of dollars to connect the world and in one such project Google and Facebook have joined hands with China Soft Power Holdings subsidiary for the Pacific Light Cable Network to connect Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
The under sea Internet cable will stretch a whopping 12,800 kilometers (8,000 miles) and will be the first of its kind direct connection between the two locations and the fastest intercontinental undersea cable with one of the lowest latencies. The cable is expected to be ready in mid 2018 according to the two companies.
Details revealed by the tech giants indicate that once operational, the connection will be able to handle a whopping 120 terabytes of data per second and if we put it in understandable worldly terms, the data amounts to somewhere around 80 million HD video conference calls simultaneously between Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
Facebook points out that almost all trans-pacific Internet cables run from US to Japan and this makes this particular cable from LA to Hong Kong unique. The PLCN will help more and more people to connect directly from Asia to the US and this new route will enable technology companies to have more diversity and resiliency in the Pacific.
Increased proliferation of Internet into the life of people around the world has put an unprecedented demand on the data cables connecting continents and countries and this calls for rapid expansion of the infrastructure capabilities to quickly and efficiently move data.
Google has already invested in five prior such cables with the PLCN being the sixth submarine cable. Google claims to have the “largest network backbone of any public cloud provider.”
Microsoft and Facebook early this year teamed together to lay a high-speed Internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The subsea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.
MAREA was expected to have a capacity of some 160 terabytes per second of data, according to the companies.
The 6,600 kilometer cable system will also be the first connecting the United States and southern Europe, running from Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, Microsoft and Facebook said.