Google is about to launch FASTER, an undersea internet cable: 10 top facts about Google’s undersea internet cable

Optic fibres as thin as human hair connect the world despite the challenges of water weight and sharks

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Undersea cables, rather than satellites, carry almost all transoceanic internet data nowadays. A new 9,000 kilometre cable called FASTER, which is backed by Google and East Asian telecoms firms, is about to launch today.

2014 saw Google and numerous other companies invest in a $300 million ($220m) underwater internet cable travelling from the west coast of US to Japan. This should connect Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle to two main ports in Japan.

Here are some fun facts you might not know about undersea cables…and FASTER in particular.