FASTER Undersea Cable to Connect US and Asia at 60Tbps

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
By Gaurav Aidasani

USA and Asia will soon be connected with an Trans-Pacific undersea cable that will transmit data at - wait for it - 60 Terabytes per second.

This super network will be called FASTER and it will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. This investment will be made by 5 Asian telecom companies (China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel) and Google.

Google's senior vice president of technical infrastructure wrote on his Google+ page:

At Google we want our products to be fast and reliable, and that requires a great network infrastructure, whether it's for the more than a billion Android users or developers building products on Google Cloud Platform. And sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean. That’s why we’re investing in FASTER, a new undersea cable that will connect major West Coast cities in the US to two coastal locations in Japan with a design capacity of 60 Tbps (that's about ten million times faster than your cable modem). Along with our previous investments - UNITY in 2008 and SJC (South-East Asia Japan Cable) in 2011, FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia.

According to reports, the network should be ready for service in the second quarter of 2016.