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Google and Facebook Go Under the Sea


Michael Williams, Digital Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Los Angeles may be more than 7,000 miles from Hong Kong, but Google and Facebook are teaming up to close that gap through tech.

The companies, both Consumer Technology Association (CTA) members, are working to build the world’s first direct submarine cable system with ultra-high capacity between the two cities that will provide faster, more reliable connections to information stored in servers across the world.

The Pacific Light Cable Network will feature an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps, breaking the record as the highest-capacity trans-Pacific cable. The network, scheduled to be up and running by 2018, will have enough capacity to support 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.

This isn’t Google’s first dive into the ocean; the company currently has five other undersea cables.

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