Facebook, Google plan two new undersea internet cables


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Facebook and Google: Two new undersea internet cables are planned to connect Singapore, Indonesia, and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to enhance the capacity of internet connections between the regions, said Facebook on Monday. 

In short, it has planned two new undersea internet cables to connect South East Asia to North America with the aim of working with regional telecom companies to provide high speed Internet connection to Singapore and Indonesia.

After Facebook withdrew three projects of connecting the US to Hong Kong with similar subsea internet cable this comes out as a result, following government concerts over spying. 

Plans for Echo and Bifrost

Approval from the national government is required for the cables. 

“Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two undersea internet cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea and they will increase overall subsea internet cable capacity in the trans-pacific by about 70%,”  said Facebook Vice President of Network Investments.

Echo and Bifrost will be the first undersea internet cables directly connect Singapore, Indonesia, and North America, Facebook added. 

Echo is being built in partnership with Google and Indonesian telecoms company XL Axiata and is due to be completed by 2023 while Bifrost is planned to be launched a year later. 

Internet use

There are more than 73% of Indonesia’s population has access to the internet and the majority of them use mobile data to get access to the internet. 

According to a 2020 survey by the Indonesian Internet Providers Association, less than 10% use fixed-line broadband.

According to Facebook, it would build 3,000 km (1,8641 miles) of fiber in 20 cities of Indonesia, in addition to a previous agreement to develop public wi-fi hot spots.

Moreover, Facebook would also continue its efforts on the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), said Salvadori. 

“We are working with partners and regulators to meet all of the concerns that people have, and we look forward to that cable being a valuable, productive trans-Pacific cable,” he added.

Facebook previous efforts

Facebook and Alphabet are releasing funds to the PLCN. It was originally intended to connect the US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. 

It would give up efforts to connect the undersea internet cables between California and Hong Kong due to “ongoing concerns from the U.S. government about direct communication links between the United States and Hong Kong.” said Facebook at the beginning of this month. 

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James Robert is a journalist who covers all the social media and tech-related news for SG-educate, the world's largest multimedia news agency. He reports on tech from all over the world, focusing mostly on social media platforms. He has worked as a digital editor and online coverage of global breaking news on tech and big stories, reaching millions of readers across multiple platforms.

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