Google and Fb on Monday unveiled plans for a brand new undersea web cable connecting Singapore, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia.
The cable mission dubbed Apricot can be some 12,000 kilometers (practically 7,500 miles) and be operational in 2024 topic to regulatory approvals, the businesses mentioned in separate statements.
The mission introduced by the US companies and regional and world companions “will ship much-needed web capability, redundancy, and reliability to broaden connections within the Asia-Pacific area,” mentioned Fb engineering supervisor Nico Roehrich.
“The Apricot cable is a part of our ongoing effort to broaden world community infrastructure and higher serve the greater than 3.5 billion individuals around the globe who use our companies each month,” Roehrich added.
Earlier this 12 months the businesses introduced one other cable mission dubbed Echo connecting america, Singapore, Guam and Indonesia.
“The Echo and Apricot cables are complementary submarine techniques that can supply advantages with a number of paths out and in of Asia, together with distinctive routes via southern Asia, guaranteeing a considerably greater diploma of resilience for Google Cloud and digital companies,” mentioned Google Cloud vp Bikash Koley.
“Collectively they’ll present companies and startups in Asia with decrease latency, extra bandwidth, and elevated resilience of their connectivity between Southeast Asia, North Asia and america,” Koley added.
Google and Fb this 12 months halted efforts on a deliberate undersea cable that may have linked California and Hong Kong, on account of tensions between america and China.
Final 12 months, the US Division of Justice really useful that the deliberate cable proposed by Google and Fb bypass Hong Kong.