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Google, SingTel to build undersea cable network

Google, SingTel to build undersea cable network

Google Inc. will build a US$300 million undersea cable system with five companies including Singapore Telecommunications Ltd., becoming the only online search operator with its own network.
The 10,000 kilometer network will link Japan's Chikura to Los Angeles, according to a Singapore Telecom statement yesterday. The project will be completed by the first quarter of 2010, the statement said.
The network may help Google, owner of the most-popular Internet search engine, gain an edge over Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN.com by raising Web connection speeds out of Asia, where response times lag behind the average. Google is investing in the project to boost sales of Internet services in the region, which has third of the world's online users.
"It's a relatively big step for Google," said Martin Gutberlet, an analyst at Gartner Inc. in Singapore. "There are usually bottlenecks in traffic from the U.S. to Asia, and having its own network gives Google some freedom from carriers."
Demand for Internet access between Asia and the U.S. is expected to double every two years, according to a report at the end of last year by Washington-based network-researcher TeleGeography Global Bandwidth.
Google will gain access to a "more scalable, affordable and easy-to-manage network" to meet its users' needs, Francois Sterin, a manager for network acquisitions at the Mountain View, California-based company, wrote on the search engine's official blog on Monday. "If you're wondering whether we're going into the undersea cable business, the answer is no."
Google's spokesperson wasn't immediately available for comment.
The network "will be able to meet the strong demand for data, e-commerce and Internet traffic between Asia and the U.S.," Mark Chong, SingTel's executive vice president for networks, said in the statement to the stock exchange.


Updated : 2021-06-22 02:37 GMT+08:00