Facebook and Google will build subsea cable from U.S. to Singapore and Indonesia
In order to improve the network interoperability between North America and Southeast Asia, Google has previously announced that it will cooperate with operators in Southeast Asia to build new subsea cables.
This subsea fiber optic cable starts from California, USA, passes through Guam, Indonesia, and then connects to Singapore. According to the plan, this subsea fiber optic cable will be put into use in the next year.
Of course, to be precise, these are actually two subsea cables. In order to increase the capacity as much as possible, Google and cooperative operators directly construct two subsea optical cables to increase throughput.
Google mainly hopes to directly connect to Singapore through these two subsea cables. Singapore is regarded as a fast-growing financial technology center with huge development potential.
The social network giant Facebook has also announced its participation in the investment of this subsea optical cable. The company hopes that the subsea optical cable can also be used after it is completed.
After all, Facebook needs to provide dynamic services to users around the world, so the data transmission speed directly affects the loading speed, and the faster the loading speed, the better.
Facebook has not yet entered the public cloud computing market but still has a huge demand for network transmission. This is also the reason why Facebook has participated in the investment in subsea optical cables in recent years.
According to Facebook, this new trans-Pacific subsea cable will increase the capacity of the entire trans-Pacific connection by 70% after it is completed, so it is very important to participate in the investment.
In the future, these subsea cables will provide Facebook with much-needed Internet capacity, redundancy, and reliability, and provide Facebook users with more convenient and efficient social services.
The two subsea cables are Echo and Bifrost respectively. The Echo is led by Google and connects to Singapore from North America and provides ultra-large-capacity data transmission.
Google’s construction of this subsea cable is mainly for its own cloud computing platform so that customers can easily access data centers in Southeast Asia and North America and improve reliability.
At present, the overall busyness of the trans-Pacific subsea cable is high and therefore urgently needs to be expanded. Google hopes that the completion of this subsea cable can reduce the delay time of access.
The Bifrost subsea cable is constructed by Singapore telecom operators Keppel, and Indonesian firms Telin and XL Axiata, and are mainly connected from Singapore to the west coast of North America.
Passing through Indonesia, the Philippines, and Guam, the total length of 15,000 kilometers is expected to be commissioned in 2024, and Google’s Echo subsea cable is expected to be commissioned in 2023.
After the completion of the two subsea cables, it is equivalent to a two-way express lane, which can greatly increase throughput and provide users with faster and higher-quality network services.