Facebook, Google Team Up on Subsea Cable Across Pacific Ocean

Facebook announced that it is teaming up with Google and Pacific Light Data Communication to build a state-of-the-art subsea cable under the Pacific Ocean.

Construction on the Pacific Light Cable Network is slated to begin before year-end, and PLCN will have an initial estimated design capacity of 120 terabits per second.

Facebook announced in May that it teamed up with Microsoft and Telxius Cable on MAREA, a similar project beneath the Atlantic Ocean, with completion expected in October 2017.

Manager of network infrastructure Najam Ahmad wrote in a blog post:

PLCN will be one of the highest-capacity trans-Pacific systems, with an initial estimated design capacity of 120 tbps. PLCN will also be one of the longest direct cable systems in the world, connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Most Pacific subsea cables go from the U.S. to Japan, and this new direct route will give us more diversity and resiliency in the Pacific. As the number of people using Facebook applications and services continues to grow in the region, PLCN will help further connect Asia and our data centers in the U.S.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on PLCN?