08 Jun Facebook will install subsea cables to improve communication between Asia and America.
They are being marketed as the first transpacific underwater cables to open up a new path across the Java Sea. Facebook will install subsea cables to improve communication between Asia and America. Google has agreed to be a partner in one of them.
Facebook announced plans for two subsea cables that it claims will improve communication and capacity between Asia and North America. The new cables, dubbed Echo and Bifrost, are expected to increase transpacific capacity by 70%. It will provide the first direct link between Singapore and the United States.
According to Facebook’s network investments director Kevin Salvadori and manager Nico Roehrich, the two underwater cables will be the first transpacific lines to traverse along a new path over the Java Sea. Singapore, Indonesia, and North America will all be linked by the cables. The social media behemoth will work with Google. It also works with local partners such as Singapore’s Keppel and Indonesia’s Telin and XL Axiata. Telin is a subsidiary of the Indonesian telecommunications company Telkom.
These cables will provide much-needed internet capacity, redundancy, and dependability throughout Asia-Pacific and North America. It also supports the continued expansion of 4G, 5G, and broadband connectivity for individuals and businesses.
When contacted, a spokesman informed ZDNet that Echo will be finished in 2023 and Bifrost in 2024. However, it was highlighted that both deployments were still subject to regulatory permissions. It was also revealed that Facebook will install subsea cables to improve communication between Asia and America.
Echo was developed in collaboration with Google and XL Axiata, while Bifrost will involve Telin and Keppel. When asked how much money would go into the two subsea networks, Facebook declined to say.
According to the e-Conomy SEA report, Southeast Asia’s online population was predicted to reach 400 million last year, with the COVID-19 epidemic. It prompts 40 million individuals to go online for the first time, up from 10 million in 2019. A high number of new online users came from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines’ non-metropolitan areas.
The outbreak, according to a report released last November by Google, Temasek Holdings, and Bain & Company, helped the region’s e-commerce sector grow at a 63 percent annual rate to $62 billion in 2020, up from $38 billion the year before. According to the survey, when the pandemic has been contained, 94 percent of people in the region will use at least one digital service.
COVID-19, according to Facebook, has boosted demand for dependable online access, with Asia-Pacific. In particular, experiencing a surge in demand for internet connectivity.
Echo and Bifrot, according to the US company, will improve current subsea cables and connections in Indonesia, including a 3,000-kilometer metro fiber network connecting 20 cities across Bali, Java, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. Alita which is a local telecommunications network vendor was involved in the rollout.
The new cables will complement Facebook’s earlier initiatives in Singapore, including APG (Asia-Pacific Gateway) and SJC-2 (Southeast Asia Japan Cable), which was deployed and operated by a consortium that comprised Singtel, China Mobile, and KDDI.