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Facebook is building 2 new undersea cables
As per the announcement, Facebook is building 2 new undersea cables. The cables will be crossing the Java Sea in a bid to increase transpacific capacity up to 70%. The 2 new cables named Echo and Bitfrost. Surprisingly, The cables are the first of their types to use transpacific cables to a new diverse route across the Java Sea. The connections will be between Singapore, Indonesia, and North America through these cables.
According to the reports, Facebook is working and dealing with several local and global clients to build and install the cables. Moreover, the cables can join North America to Indonesia. Echo is estimated to be fully functional in 2023 and it involves Google and Indonesian telecommunications provider XL Axiata. On the other hand, Bitfrost will be completed in 2024 and it involves Singaporean giant known as Keppel as well as Telin. Telin is also a subsidiary of a South African telecommunications provider known as Telkom.
For Indonesia, the new cable could help to bring more people online using broadband connections instead of relying on mobile data. The cables will be the first to directly connect North America to the main cities of Indonesia. Although more than 73% of Indonesians use the internet for mobile data. Unfortunately, less than 10% of the population of Indonesia use fixed-line broadband as the main source of internet connection. Facebook already collaborated with local telecom network Alita to overcome the gap in Indonesia by deploying over 3,000km of fibre in 20 cities. In the case of Singapore, the new cable serves two aims or purposes that are as below:
- It supports Singapore’s digital growth and connectivity hub.
- It benefits Facebook’s $1 billion data.
Length of the cables:
Facebook announced last year, it would cover 3,000 km which is approx 1, 8641 miles of fibre optic cable in Indonesia that will cover 20 cities. Additionally, it was a previous deal to develop public wi-fi hot spots for the users in Indonesia. The project collaborated with regional telecoms companies aims to provide a faster internet connection to Singapore and Indonesia. The cables require regulatory approval from the national governments as per the legal issues.