Google and Facebook are collaborating on yet another gargantuan creation under the banner of Project Apricot. This creation is a subsea cable that will connect Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, and Indonesia to serve the appetite of consumers for a 5G wireless network.
Subsea cables are arranged on sea beds to facilitate the transmission of telecommunications signals. They comprise hundreds of fibers that carry data between two sites.
This newest collaboration is estimated to provide more reliable internet connectivity across the Asia-Pacific region for the year 2024. The pioneer of social media has already announced two new subsea cables bridging the gap between Singapore, Guam, Indonesia, and the US West Coast, Bifrost and Echo, with Google partnering up for the latter.
The Echo and Apricot cables are complementary submarine systems that will improve the resilience of Google Cloud and other digital services offered by the company, spanning all over the Asia-Pacific region. The newly fabricated fiber-optic cables will be 190 terabytes per second capacity.
Both moguls of the digital age have been funding for internet infrastructures in areas that offer the maximum growth potential. The subsea cables are said to help developing Asian countries with lower dormancy, greater bandwidth, and stronger internet connectivity between the United States, North Asia, and Asia.
Google holds ownership over a plethora of subsea cables including – Curie, Durant, Firmina, Grace, and Equiano. The Apricot will be the newest addition. Google has also contributed to a global network of syndicate cables like JGA, Havfrue, and INDIGO.
Facebook and a band of African and global telecommunications companies are speculated to add 4 more nations to its magnanimous subsea cable project.