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Google and Facebook Join Forces to Directly Connect Los Angeles to Hong Kong via Undersea Cable

Facebook, Google, PLDC and TE SubCom to Co-Build the PLCN Submarine Cable Network: TE SubCom, leading provider of undersea communications technology and marine services, along with Facebook, Google, and PLDC (Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd.), have announced that they will co-build the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, California (USA) with ultra-high capacity transmission.

— Brian Quigley, Director, Google Networking Infrastructure: The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will have an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps, making it the highest-capacity trans-Pacific route, a record currently held by another Google-backed cable system, FASTER. “In other words, PLCN will provide enough capacity for Hong Kong to have 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls with Los Angeles - an example of Google Cloud Platform having the largest network backbone of any public cloud provider.”

— This is the sixth submarine cable in which Google has an ownership stake - joining the ranks of the Unity, SJC, FASTER, MONET and Tannat projects. We anticipate that PLCN will be operational in 2018.

— PLCN is scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018.

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