Google To Build Undersea Fiber Optic Cable From Vancouver To Japan

The Vancouver station will be located in the former Commonwealth Pacific Cable System building

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Google plans to lay a cable the width of a garden house and carry 16 pairs of fiber optic wires from Vancouver to Japan.

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According to a blog post by Bikash Koley, Google’s chief technology and strategy officer, the undersea cable will be the first to connect Canada to Asia and will be called Topaz.

The cable, about the width of a garden hose, will connect Vancouver to Port Alberni and then to two points in Japan, the Ibaraki and Mie regions.

Koley wrote that the cable will be ready for service in 2023. Google did not say how much this cable will cost, Koley noted that it will spend over US$300 billion on capital improvements by 2026 , including on 20 submarine cables around the world.

He said cable would provide faster access to all of Google’s services, including its search engine, Gmail, YouTube and Google Cloud.

It would also be used by other network operators to increase capacity. Previous cables could only hold eight pairs of fiber optic wires.

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“With Topaz, we will be exchanging fiber pairs with partners who have systems along similar routes,” Koley wrote.

“This is a long-standing industry practice that strengthens the intercontinental network for network operators, for Google and for users around the world. »

The Vancouver cable station will be at the location of a now-defunct copper submarine cable that once connected Vancouver to Hawaii and Sydney and was used for telephone service.

The project is supported by Tseshaht First Nation, Hupacasath First Nation and the Maa-nulth Treaty Society, who have consented to the cable crossing their traditional territories, Google and the three First Nations agencies said.

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