Google, Facebook team up to build super fast Hong Kong to LA underwater cable network

The underwater cable will span some 12,800 km between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, providing enough capacity for 80 million video conferences.

    2016/10/25

NSFW    LOS ANGELES/HONG KONG — Facebook and Google have joined a consortium to develop a trans-Pacific underwater data cable between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

In addition to the two U.S. technology giants, the project involves deep sea cable developer TE Subcom and Chinese company Pacific Light Cable Network, the Wall Street Journal reported.


The cable will be able to handle up to 120 terabits per second. Google says that’s enough bandwidth for 80 million concurrent video conferences between Hong Kong and Los Angeles.


When it is completed in 2018, the cable network will span some 12,800 kilometers between the two cities.
Underwater cables span the globe and connect much of the world. SUBMARINECABLEMAP.COM
Underwater cables span the globe and connect much of the world. SUBMARINECABLEMAP.COM
The cable will use new fiber optics to transmit large quantities of data, forming the first direct deep sea cable network between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. TE SUBCOM
The cable will use new fiber optics to transmit large quantities of data, forming the first direct deep sea cable network between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. TE SUBCOM
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