The new Subsea Cables project by Facebook and Google are designed to boost the internet capacity and speeds in the Asia-Pacific region. The project is called the Apricot, and it will connect Singapore to Japan. The project is likely to be launched in 2024.
The Undersea cables are responsible for moving the majority of international internet traffic. The increasing demand for 4G, 5G, and broadband access results in order for more high-capacity cables to keep the traffic moving.
Nico Roehrich, manager of network investments at Facebook, said that the project Apricot is a new effort taken to improve the global network infrastructure. This development will serve more than 3.5 billion people around the world who use the services every month. The Subsea Cables project Apricot will supplement Echo, another cable system announced by Google. The cable Echo is used for boosting the resilience of Google Cloud and other digital services operating in the region.
In a blog post, Bikash Koley, vice president of global networking at Google, announced that both the technology giants are partnering together to provide businesses and startups in Asia with lower latency, more bandwidth, and resilient connectivity between Southeast Asia and North Asia and the United States. Analyst Mason conducted a study on the impact of Google’s APAC network infrastructure between 2010 and 2019; it found that network investments led to an extra US$340 billion in aggregated GDP and 1.1 million additional jobs in the APAC region. The technology giant also planned to construct and operate two submarine cable systems that will connect the Middle East with southern Europe and the Asian continent.