Google and Facebook are getting together to lay a new undersea cable to connection Los Angeles and Hong Kong. This new cable is meant to improve connection speeds between Asia and America by being the highest capacity trans-Pacific connection in existence.
The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will span some 12,800 km, and have an estimated capacity of 120Tbps. Naturally, Google and Facebook have also teamed up with two undersea cable companies – Pacific Light Cable Communications and TE Subcom – to lay the physical connection.
Google claims that the cable should have the capability to allow 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls between Hong Kong and Los Angeles once it is complete. Naturally, the cable will also benefit the Southeast Asia region, as it will increase the connection speed to American servers.
This is not actually the first undersea cable for Google. The internet giant already owns stakes in four existing cables between Asia and America; while Facebook has a collaboration with Microsoft to lay and undersea connection between the US and Europe.