Google launches giant undersea internet cable –

Demand for faster internet speeds and extra capacity is increasing as more devices go online and amid the growth of cloud internet services, which Google is a significant player in.

Almost all international internet traffic runs via undersea cables, but in the internet’s earlier days much of the traffic was via satellites.

The $300m (£220m) “Faster” cable system will connect to hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, and two points in Japan.

Google is also backing a project to build a cable between Florida and Brazil due to be finished by the end of the year, while Microsoft and Facebook recently announced a trans-atlantic cable between Virginia Beach and Bilbao in Spain.

“Faster is one of just a few hundred submarine cables connecting various parts of the world, which collectively form an important backbone that helps run the internet,” Hozle said.


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