Posted By Rich Miller On September 21, 2007 @ 2:11 pm In Google | Comments Disabled
Google’s reported bulk purchases of dark fiber  have launched a million rumors about the company’s ambitions. Well, here’s another fiber-related Google story to add to the mix: Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009, according to the Australian telecom journal CommsDay .
The cable – known in the industry as Unity – has been in the works since earlier this year, but it was not known which companies would be involved in the effort. CommsDay said Google is known to have discussed the project with Asia Netcom and Telstra. “Google would get access to a fibre pair at build cost handing it a tremendous cost advantage over rivals such as MSN and Yahoo, and also potentially enabling it to peer with Asia ISPs behind their international gateways – considerably improving the affordability of Internet services across Asia Pacific,” according to the CommsDay story .
Laying undersea cables is a specialty business in which carriers often partner to reduce the substantial cost of installing and maintaining the infrastructure. See Wikipedia  for additional background and TeleGeography  for a big-picture map of submarine cable infrastructure.
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 purchases of dark fiber: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2006/Oct/12/google_no_dark_mystery_about_its_dark_fiber.html
 CommsDay: http://www.commsday.com/node/186
 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_communications_cable
 TeleGeography: http://www.telegeography.com/products/map_cable/images/sub_cable_2007_large.jpg
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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