Google is backing the building of a new high-speed Internet Trans-Pacific cable system that will connect the United States with Japan, according to reports.
The new system, dubbed FASTER, is set to debut in 2016 and will be managed by Google and several other companies including China Mobile International and KDDI, according to the Next Web. The new cable system will feature 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission and connect to Chikura and Shima in Japan. Major hubs will include several Asian cities as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, according to the report.
“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” FASTER executive committee chairman Woohyong Choi said in a statement. “The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world."