Japan - Guam - Australia: Google Launches New Submarine Cable

    Google has announced plans to build a JGA submarine cable that will connect Japan, Guam and Australia. Investing in a new communications system is another step towards spreading “cloud influence” in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Learn more about JGA and other Google projects below. / photo Nick Birse CC The goal of this global project is to provide the company's services to as many users as possible, including in Asia, as the amount of data in the world is constantly growing . JGA will consist

    of four fiber-optic pairs: two of them will be laid from Japan to Guam, and two more from Guam to Sydney. Cable throughput will be 36 Tbit / s, and the total length is 9.5 thousand km.

    The project is planned to be completed by the end of 2019. Cost has not been disclosed.

    To date, Google has laid 160 thousand kilometers of fiber optic cables in 15 regions of the world. The new “family member” of the JGA submarine cables will be connected to other cables: Indigo (from Singapore to Sydney), HK-G (from Hong Kong to Guam) and SJC(from Japan to Singapore). The idea of ​​the project is to "lock the key" key markets in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore and provide users with high-speed access to services and platforms from Google. This entire network is also part of Google’s broad cabling infrastructure in the APAC region . It includes Unity (Japan - USA), Faster (west coast of the USA - Japan) and PLCN (Los Angeles - Hong Kong).

    Who else is involved in the JGA project

    In addition to Google, NEC Corporation, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) and Nokia are participating in the JGA project . The consortium of AARnet (an Australian operator ), Google and RTI Connectivity (a Japanese company ) is involved in laying the southern segment of the cable (JGA-South) , and only RTI-C is involved in the north (JGA-North).

    Philippe Piron, President of ASN, comments : “We are pleased to work with RTI, AARNet and Google on the JGA project. Together, we can provide high-capacity connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region. ” He was supported by Russ Matulich, President and CEO of RTI Connectivity, who noted that the JGA will help handle the processing of ever-increasing amounts of data.

    Toru Kawauchi, general manager of the NEC submarine cable division, said the company is proud to work on such a project. In general, we already wrote about NEC's contribution to the development of submarine cables in one of the previous materials. The organization lays SJC2 cable (Japan - Singapore, 10.5 thousand km long).

    The bandwidth of SJC2 will be equal to 144 Tbit / s , which will allow , for example, to stream almost 6 million high-resolution video.

    / photo National Museum of the US Navy PD

    Other Google Underwater Projects

    In addition to the JGA, Google is working on three more cables: Curie, Havfrue and HK-G. Together, they will provide access to Google services for another 5 regions.

    The first of the cables, Curie, is named after the female Nobel Prize winner Maria Skłodowska-Curie . This cable will enable Google to become the first non-telecommunications company to build a private intercontinental cable.

    Curie, which consists of four fiber optic pairs, will run between Los Angeles and Chile and will serve Latin American users. The company claims that Curie will be the first cable to go through Chile in the last 20 years. In the future, with the help of Curie, the IT giant plans to connect Panama.

    The second cable was called Havfrue, which in Danish means “mermaid”. Facebook, Aqua Comms (an Irish provider ) and Bulk Infrastructure (a Norwegian company ) will join this project .

    Havfrue will directly connect the United States with Denmark and Ireland. Laying the cable will be the American organization TE SubCom . Havfrue throughput is 108 Tbps.

    The RTI-C, NEC, and Google companies have also been laying the third cable, HK-G , since April 2017 . Its design throughput is 48 Tbit / s, and it will connect Hong Kong and Guam. It is expected that all three cables will be launched in 2019.

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