Technology: Japan and US are now connected, literally

undersea internet cable

An undersea internet cable that runs between Japan and the United States has just gone live.

It took two years and $300 million to construct this 9,000km trans-Pacific cable system. It links Japan and the west coast of the US, delivering 60 terabits per second of bandwidth.

Named “Faster,” the project is backed by Google.

“Faster” stretches between Oregon and two points in Japan located in the Chiba and Mie prefectures.

“From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, ‘faster, faster and faster,’ and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality,” Hiromitsu Todokoro, chairman of the Faster Management Committee, said in a statement.

It has extended connections to major west coast US hubs, including Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle.

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From the landing points in Japan, several other Asian locations are connected.

Google teamed up with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, SingTel and Japanese IT and networking giant NEC Corporation for the project.

It is said this cable system will benefit the entire Asia-Pacific region.



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