Google connects Taiwan to FASTER undersea cable

Google Inc. announced Tuesday that an extended section of its FASTER submarine cable to Taiwan has been put into service, boosting the speed of data transmission in and out of the country and the computing power of its largest data center in Asia.

The cable connects Taiwan and Japan and is an extended section of the trans-Pacific cable linking to the United States that is being built by FASTER, a consortium of six companies that include Google, the company said.

It said the cable connecting Taiwan offers speeds of up to 26 terabits per second (Tbps) and will improve the computing power of Google's data center in central Taiwan's Changhua County -- the company's largest center in Asia.

This will enhance user experience with Google's various online services, such as search, YouTube and Gmail, as well as for clients of the company's advertising and cloud services, thanks to the faster data transmission speed from Taiwan to Japan and the U.S., as well as to other countries in Asia, according to Google.

Meanwhile, Google said it has been expanding its data center in Changhua, which was opened in December 2013, and expects to put into service other undersea cables in which it has invested.

Google joined with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit of Malaysia, Japan's KDDI and Singtel of Singapore to build the trans-Pacific cable between Oregon and two landing points in Japan, which entered service at the end of June.

The 9,000-kilometer trans-Pacific cable has speeds of up to 60Tbps, which the company said is faster than any other active undersea cable, and is part of Google's plan to open a regional base in Tokyo later this year for its Cloud Platform business.

The extension to Taiwan, which cost US$50 million, was built by Google itself, with investments from Taiwan's New Century InfoComm Tech Co., a subsidiary of Far Eastone Telecommunications Co., and KDDI, according to Google.

Brian Quigley, principal engineer and director of network planning and acquisition at Google, said the company is grateful to the Taiwanese government and its partners for their support of the project to extend the cable to Taiwan, which will give users in Asia faster and more secure access to the online world.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel