Google is considering investing in a new undersea internet cable in order to handle the ever-increasing bandwidth its services generate.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google wants to build the cable to run between the US and Japan, across the Pacific Ocean. The WSJ reports that sources familiar with the plans said Google wants to run the sub-sea cable from data centres in Oregon and other areas of the US into Asia.
The move would enable Google to ensure its services were delivered with a high quality of service by moving them from public networks that are under increasing strain from data-heavy web services.
The plans are similar to a previous $300m project Google worked on from 2007-2010. That project saw Google team up with a consortium of six Asian telecommunication firms under the Unity consortium brand. The other firms were Singapore Telecommunications, Bharti Airtel, Global Transit Communications, KDDI Corporation and Pacnet.
Undersea cables are key to the smooth running of the internet, with connections sprawling under the ocean floors. This leaves them open to potential disruption, including sabotage attempts, as witnessed in Egypt in 2013.
In the UK BT is also working on a similar undersea deployment around the Isles of Scilly to bring broadband services to the remote archipelago. Plans for a cable laying ship to start work this summer are well underway as part of the £4m project.
This has involved some fairly unique challenges, including dodging ancient shipwrecks and several Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) .
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