Subsea cables always bring out some big team ups and the Pacific Light Cable Network is no different as Facebook and Google are teaming up for the 8,000-mile project which is looking at a 2018 window.
The cable will run from Los Angeles and Hong Kong and have a bandwidth of 120 terabits per second. The cable will be faster than the existing Trans-Pacific cable Google was involved in two years called FASTER.
That cable was capable 60 terabits per second initially, cost $300 million, and ran from the U.S to Japan. FASTER also went online this summer. There’s no price on the Pacific Light Cable Network at the moment.
This isn’t Facebook’s first rodeo either. In the spring the social network company teamed with Microsoft for the Trans-Atlantic MAREA cable which will run for 4,100 miles and clock in at 160 terabits per second.
According to the Verge, the expected plan is for the cable for both sides to take a significant cut of the cable’s capacity for their own uses such as powering servers and such and rent the rest out to other companies. At the moment neither company have gone into their plans for the cable.