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Google And Partners To Build Undersea Cable For Internet Growth

12:14 pm on Feb 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Web search company Google Inc has agreed to build an undersea cable with five telecoms operators that will link the United States to Japan, and provide the capacity to sustain a surge in Internet traffic between the continents.

Google and the five telecoms companies said in joint statement that the 10,000 km (6,200 mile) undersea fiber optic cable, connecting the United States to Japan, will cost $300 million.

Google And Partners To Build Undersea Cable For Internet Growth [uk.reuters.com]

1:06 pm on Feb 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Wow. Seems like a lofty goal. How the heck do you stablize something like that?

Anyone remember the space elevator project? This reminds me of that...

4:26 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What? That has nothing to do with the space elevator project! There have been underwater cables for over a hundred years: Transatlantic telegraph cable [en.wikipedia.org].

This is yet again another slap in the face to telcos by Google. And notice how all the partners are not US telcos. I can feel fear building up. Good going Google, open up the data market.


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