A massive underwater cable internet project to link Japan to the west coast of the United States is ready to go live. It marks the end of the two-year build that saw several companies, including Google, invest $300 million.
The cable is 5,600 miles long and connects Oregon to the coastal Japanese cities of Chiba and Mie. The cable is nicknamed “Faster,” which is fitting considering the connection will run 60 terabits per second. To put it in perspective, that is 10 million times faster than the standard cable.
Along with Google, the cable project was funded by Global Transit, China Telecom Global, Singtel, China Mobile International, and KDDI. Japan’s NEC handled the construction.
This cable will do a lot of good by improving internet speeds throughout Asia, but also have a positive impact in major west coast cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.