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A new undersea cable constructed with Google’s backing has just gone online linking the US west coast with Japan. The name of the cable, fittingly, is FASTER, and it is, in fact faster. FASTER uses six fiber pairs to push all that bandwidth using 100 different wavelengths of light. The cable is about 10 million times faster than your broadband at home, to give you a little perspective. The project began in 2014 and has laid more than 5,592 miles of cable. It transmits 60 terabytes of data per second. Facebook and Microsoft have announced plans to lay a cable stretching from the US to Europe that will have a capacity of 160 Tbps. Let the competition continue! Read the story in its entirety here. Thanks to extremetech.com for the story and for photo credit too. b2ap3_thumbnail_810.jpg

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