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Facebook Buys 6,000 Miles of Underwater Internet Cable

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    Facebook has invested millions in a 6,214-mile undersea Internet cable project called the Asia Pacific Gateway.

    The project, designed to speed up the Internet in the region, will run from Malaysia to South Korea and Japan, according to the BBC.

    "Our investment in this cable will help support our growth in South Asia, making it possible for us to provide a better user experience for a greater number of Facebook users in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore," a Facebook spokesman told the BBC.
    Facebook declined to say how much money was invested, only that a number of firms invested $450 million in the cable project. 
    The project will be constructed and maintained by the consortium that includes China Telecom and China Unicom, and the new fiber-optic cable will help the Asian countries receive and send data faster to North America. 
    The gateway will very much benefit Asia, so why is Facebook investing? Because the social network is expanding into Asia and apparently doing well for the first time, according to Nielsen's Japanese ratings. Faster speeds can only delight and satisfy its Asian customers.