Plans are underway to have a network of trans-Pacific cables linking Japan to the United States. This is a collaboration between Google and 5 telecom and communication companies based in Asia. It is going to be called Faster for obvious reasons and to begin with there will be 60 terabits a second. The cities that are going to be linked are partly in Japan and partly in the USA. There will be San Francisco, Oregon, Los Angeles and Portland linked to Chikura and Shima.
A statement from the Chairman of the Faster Executive committee Woohyong Choi said “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.”
Although there is not a set date for either the beginning or ending of the project, it is believed that work is going to start very quickly and will be ready for use in the beginning of 2016. The company who will be the cable networks system supplier will be NEC Corp and they have been happy to discuss the program that they are about to undertake.
The way the network will be designed will ensure that there are possibilities for further links in the future. There are cable systems already in place and the new ones will be able to connect to them and the intention is that the link will then be taken to other countries in Asia and not just be limited to Japan.
Google does have a background with TV and internet services, as at present they have Fiber TV that is superfast already and covers Kansas City and the surrounding areas. For some time they have wanted to go further than this and it seems that this is their chance. In the beginning they will be spreading across the United States but there is nothing to say that in the future they will not go further afield.
There are other organizations involved in this as it would be very difficult to limit such a project to a few companies so China Mobile, China Telecom Global and Singapore Telecommunications are among the ones involved. All see the real benefits the project can bring.
As there were talks about this as far back as 2008 it is good news that the project is progressing and an end date is in sight with all parties still as committed as they always have been.