Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France's Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named "Faster".
The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan's KDDI, and Singapore's SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.
Google will work with those carriers to build long-distance submarine optical fiber cables to connect the United States to two locations in Japan, and the cable will also extend into Southeast Asia. Faster will reportedly adopt the most advanced six-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, with an initial design capacity of 60 terabits.
Woohyong Choi, chairman of the executive committee of Faster project, said that Faster aims to connect the various parts of the world with hundreds of submarine cables to support the global network and telecom facility operation. It is so far the longest trans-Pacific cable system and it will benefit the global Internet development.
Urs Holzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure of Google, said that one the Faster cable system is completed, the world's network will become Faster and more reliable. It will allow their Asian users to enjoy quicker, more stable Internet services.