The Internet’s Newest Underwater Highway

Last month, Facebook and Google announced their newest endeavor in the Pacific: building the longest and highest capacity undersea fiber-optic fiber cable between two continents, the Pacific Light Cable Network — PLCN for short. Upon completion, the cable will run from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and stretch over 8,000 miles.  The PLCN will have an estimated capacity of 120 terabits-per-second, twice the capacity of Google’s recently launched, Oregon-to-Japan “Faster” cable.

Construction will begin this year and the cable is expected to go online in 2018.

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