ITU Blog: Google and Facebook invest in trans-Pacific infrastructure

Google and Facebook have teamed up to build the largest-capacity trans-Pacific undersea internet cable to date, between Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

The 12,800 km Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will have an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps once completed in 2018 – double the speed of FASTER, which is also backed by Google.

Google said in a blog post that it will use the PLCN’s capacity to serve its Google Cloud Platform customers; at these speeds, it would be able to accommodate 80 million simultaneous high-definition video conference calls between the continents, or transport every book ever written in the space of a few seconds.

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