Google and Facebook will build the fastest submarine cable between Los Angeles and Hong Kong

The two Internet giants expects its launch by 2018. It will have an approximate cost of $400 million.

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Google and Facebook have joined forces to build a submarine cable of 120 terabits per second (Tbps). A 12,800 kilometer cable which will connect Los Angeles to Hong Kong and become the fastest in the Pacific Ocean.

“Google’s mission is to connect people and information in the world, providing fast and reliable infrastructure,” says the Internet king in a blog, which announces that with the company of Mark Zuckerberg, they will “build the first system direct submarine cable between Los Angeles and Hong Kong with high capacity”.

The cable will cost approximately $400 million and intends to distribute its capacity in five fibre pairs. All those involved in investment, will have its own cable portion so they can have their own private traffic and maintain it.

The new submarine cable will become the sixth in which Google takes part. One of them, Faster, currently holds the record for the highest capacity and speed in the Pacific Ocean, but with the new plans of Google, the development of new cable which is scheduled to go into operation in 2018, Faster will take the second place.

Submarine cables are one of the most used ways to connect different parts of the world. Without going any further, last May, Facebook and Microsoft reached an agreement to deploy a new submarine using a fibre optic cable of next generation, called Marea, which will communicate Spain and the US from 2017. In addition, it will be managed and operated by a new subsidiary of Telefónica Telxius infrastructure.

This submarine cable will be 6,600 kilometers long connecting the United States, through the major hub connectivity in Northern Virginia, with Southern Europe. Specifically, Virginia Beach will join with Sopelana Vizcaya and then reach the Middle East.