Google helps fund $300M undersea cable to meet Asian demand

Tech giant Google wants to bring faster Internet to Asia ... again. The company's VP of infrastructure announced Google will once more be investing in an undersea cable connecting the U.S. to Japan.

In a Google Plus post, he announced the company would help fund FASTER, a cable with a record-setting capacity of 60 Tbps. "At Google we want our products to be fast and reliable, and that requires a great network infrastructure. ... FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia."

Google will partner with five Asian companies on the project, which will be built by NEC and is expected to cost around $300 million.

The company is of course no stranger to trying to speed up its users' Internet connections. Not only is it trying to compete as an ISP at home with its Google Fiber service, it's also invested in two previous undersea cable projects across Asia and the Pacific.

​FASTER will have around 18 times the capacity of the company's last trans-Pacific cable project, which only went online in 2010. But the company says without new infrastructure projects, Web users would quickly run out of bandwidth.

To find out how many terabytes global internet usage is predicted to top by the end of 2016, watch this Newsy video.

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