Google and Facebook on Monday announced plans for a new undersea Internet cable connecting Singapore, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia.
The cable project dubbed Apricot would be about 12,000 km (almost 7,500 miles) and would be operational by 2024 subject to regulatory approvals, the companies said in separate statements.
The project announced by US companies and regional and global partners “will provide much-needed Internet capacity, redundancy and reliability to expand connections in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Facebook engineering manager Nico Roehrich.
“Apricot cable is part of our ongoing effort to expand our global network infrastructure and better serve the more than 3.5 billion people around the world who use our services every month,” added Roehrich.
Earlier this year, the companies announced another cable project called Echo, connecting the United States, Singapore, Guam and Indonesia.
“Echo and Apricot cables are complementary undersea systems that will offer benefits with multiple routes in and out of Asia, including exclusive routes through South Asia, ensuring a significantly greater degree of resiliency for Google Cloud and digital services,” said the vice president. president of Google Cloud Bikash Koley.
“Together, they will provide companies and startups in Asia with less latency, more bandwidth and greater resilience in their connectivity between Southeast Asia, North Asia and the United States,” added Koley.
Google and Facebook this year halted efforts on a planned undersea cable that would have connected California and Hong Kong due to tensions between the United States and China.
Last year, the US Department of Justice recommended that the planned cable proposed by Google and Facebook bypass Hong Kong.