Internet giant Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) is reportedly combining with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Pacific Light Data Communication, and TE SubCom to build a system that will be twice as powerful as the currently record-holding Faster cable that was made active in June 2016, that cable was also said to be 10 million times quicker than a modem.
Reports said that the latest ultra-high-capacity system would be able to back 80 million simultaneous HD video conference calls between Asia and North America, and will bring faster speeds and increased security.
This cable will 8,000 mile long and will be laid down undersea connecting Los Angeles to Hong Kong across the Pacific Ocean. It’s planned that the PLCN will be operational in 2018.
The proposed cable will be the highest capacity trans-Pacific system, with a capacity of 120 terabits-per-second, and will be the sixth undersea cable the Google has taken part in.
Google said in their statement that “From the very start, PLCN is designed to accommodate evolving infrastructure technology, allowing us to independently choose network equipment and refresh optical technology as it advances. Moreover, PLCN will bring lower latency, more security, and greater bandwidth to Google users in the APAC region.”
Internet search giant also said that with this initiative, it can grow Google’s reach in Asia for Google Cloud and G Suite users.
In the recent past major Internet giants like Alphabet Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG), Facebook Inc(NASDAQ:FB)and Microsoft Corp., have invested heavily in the undersea cables that transfers most of the world’s internet traffic, an effort by the tech giants to make sure they have enough network capacity to cheaply transport information between their data centers. These kind of investments have been a major setback for the telephone companies that have monopolized the capital-intensive market for more than a century.