Facebook Plans 2 Submarine Cables Between North America and Southeast Asia

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Facebook will lay two submarine cables between North America and Southeast Asia. The social network giant reports this.


As a result, internet traffic between the two continents should speed up considerably. “The latest generation of cables can handle 40 terabits per second, which equates to 5 million Netflix films simultaneously.”

Echo and Bifrost: This is how the two submarine cables that Facebook plans to build on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean will connect the west coast of North America and Indonesia and Singapore in Southeast Asia, the social network giant said in a statement. The target? To significantly increase the internet capacity between the two continents.

Not only will Echo and Bifrost be the first trans-Pacific cables on a new, diverse route across the Java Sea, but overall trans-Pacific capacity will also increase by 70 percent,” writes Facebook. “These cables reflect our commitment to transparency and our innovative partnership model where we work with several leading Indonesian and global partners.”

One of those partners is Alphabet, the parent company above internet giant Google. Echo must be ready by 2023, Bifrost by 2024.

Facebook does indicate that the authorities involved must first give their consent. At the same time, the company promises to roll out a network of 3,000 kilometres of fibre optic cables on top of the two cables between 20 cities in Bali, Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.

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