Google Has Turned on its US-Japan Undersea Cable 

By Angela Chen on at

After two years of construction, the undersea cable Google built between the US and Japan is now live.

The $300 million (£222m) high-speed network — unsubtly named FASTER — carries data at 60 terabits per second from Oregon to Chikura and Shima in Japan. From Oregon, the cable connects to Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Undersea cables aren’t a new idea and more and more tech companies are laying them down. Google’s project isn’t even the fastest one around.

In May, Facebook and Microsoft said they would collaborate on an undersea cable that would blow Google’s out of the water by transmitting data at 160 terabits per second. Theirs would be the highest-capacity cable on earth — but it’s also not here yet. Meanwhile, Google’s project is ready to use. Let’s hope their team learned from the mistakes of previous cables and reinforced this new one so that it doesn’t keep getting eaten by confused sharks. [Google via Business Insider]