Wednesday, 27 Feb, 2008 Technology

Google Purchases a 10,000km Undersea Fiber Optic Cable


Google's officials state that the company is not going to enter into the telecom business.

The telecommunications traffic among the United States, Asia, Europe as well as the Middle East is increasing with a dramatic speed. The data presented by TeleGeography shows that the demand for trans-Pacific bandwidth in the period between 2002 and 2007 had a yearly increase by 63.7 percent.

The continuously increasing demand for bandwidth leads to a greater number of physical connections between the United States and countries located across the Pacific Ocean. According to many estimates the number one search engine, Google, is one of the largest bandwidth consumers. This is not only due to the fact that Google is a world famous search engine but also because it's the owner of YouTube, an Internet video service.

Usually Google acquired bandwidth from large providers. According to the reports brought by Information Week, Google stated that it is going to buy a new undersea cable along with 5 other companies, these being: Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet, and SingTel. These firms are some of the largest telecommunications companies that provide their services on overseas markets.

According to the statement given by Google's officials, the company doesn't look forward to enter into the telecom business. However, this announcement seems contradictory to some of the things the company has done recently, including the bidding in the FCC spectrum auction.

In a blog post of the company's network acquisitions manager, Francois Sterin, said: "If you're wondering whether we're going into the undersea cable business, the answer is no. We're not competing with telecom providers, but the volume of data we need to move around the world has grown to the point where in some cases we've exceeded the ability traditional players can offer. Our partnership with these companies is just another step in ensuring that we're delivering the best possible experience to people around the world."

The partners will have to pay $300 million for the installation of the 10,000 km Unity submarine cable. The cable is to be built by 2010 and the representatives of Google mentioned that the cable will amplify the trans-pacific bandwidth available by 20 percent.

It is worth mentioning that the Unity cable is not the only one that is currently in the process of construction. Other 3 submarine cables are being built as well, including Trans-Pacific Express Cable System, Asia-America Gateway Cable System, and a brand new submarine cable constructed by Reliance FLAG.

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