Google is one of the consortium members behind a new 28Tbps undersea fiber link connecting China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei with Japan – where it connects to the existing transpacific fiber to the U.S. The total length of the link is 5,530 miles.
The six fiber pairs have a combined capacity equivalent to simultaneously streaming three million HD videos. That’s quite a lot of bandwidth.
While most of the investors are local telecoms companies – China Telecom, China Mobile, Hong Kong’s Donghwa Telecom, Globe in the Philippines, SingTel, and TOT in Thailand – Google has its own reasons for wanting the link …
Google is building a 150,000 square metre data center in Taiwan, due to go live this year, with small centers in Hong Kong and Singapore. That kind of bandwidth raises the prospect of it being able to at some stage roll out its Google Fiber business beyond the USA.
The project also allows for future expansion into Thailand.