The new infrastructure, funded by the two technology giants, will link Hong Kong and Los Angeles and will be ready to enter into service in the summer of 2018. A bridge over the Pacific Ocean able to enhance broadband for the benefit of all users and not just its creators.
Pacific Light Cable Network
Facebook and Google, the two main players of the digital economy, are the two undisputed giants dominating the network and to some extent, both vying for its throne. This time, however, they are working as allies to build a major submarine infrastructure. A submarine cable, known as the Pacific Light Cable Network, that will stretch 12,800 km, crossing the entire Pacific Ocean from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. The construction will be assigned to two partners: Pacific Light Data Communication, Internet Service Provider, and TE Subcom, specialist in submarine technologies. According to the official timetable, the works will start at the end of 2018 and will be completed in the summer of 2018. The Pacific Light Cable Network will be the first high-speed cable (up to 120 terabits per second) on that particular route.
The horizons for Facebook and Google
In Facebook and Google’s plans, the project is a strategic investment that is worth 400 million dollars. It is a way to enhance their services, but above all, to directly control the infrastructures on which their business depends. A trickle-down effect, clearly, is that Pacific Light Cable Network will have benefits for all users. If the experience goes well, the PLCN will only be the first part in a new international network.
For Google, this will be its sixth submarine cable project that it has participated in. But Facebook is also not new to this type of initiative. Just a few months ago, in fact, Zuckerberg’s company announced together with Microsoft, their participation in the construction of MAREA, a network that crosses the Atlantic Ocean, from Bilbao to Virginia Beach.