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Google, Facebook announce cable to link Japan and Asia

Christian Fernsby |
Google and Facebook have announced their participation in a new subsea cable system for 2024 set to improve internet connectivity across the Asia-Pacific region.

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Dubbed Apricot, the infrastructure project will link Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Indonesia and help serve growing demand for broadband access and 5G wireless connectivity, Facebook said.

The new fiber-optic link spanning the Asia-Pacific has an initial design capacity of more than 190 terabits per second, according to Facebook.

Facebook and some of the world’s largest telecommunications carriers, China Mobile Ltd and MTN Group Ltd, are set to build a wider-than-earlier planned giant sub-sea cable in Africa.

The companies plan to add the Indian Ocean island countries of Seychelles and Comoros, as well as Angola and a new connection to Nigeria, according to a statement released on Monday.

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