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9 things you didn't know about Google's undersea cable

The high-speed Google-backed FASTER system will link the U.S. with Japan next year at 60 Tbps

  • A worker at a cable factory run by OCC in Kitakyushu, Japan, holds samples of submarine Internet cables, including an armored version (right), on July 9, 2015. The factory is supplying cable for the Google-backed FASTER system that will link Japan and the U.S.

  • This sample of an Internet submarine cable from NEC shows the protective layers around the optical fibers including steel wires.

  • A worker supervises a copper pipe spool July 9, 2015, at NEC group company OCC's plant in Kitakyushu, Japan, where cable for the Google-backed FASTER transpacific Internet cable is being manufactured.

  • A worker feeds submarine cable into a giant tank on July 9, 2015, at NEC group company OCC's plant in Kitakyushu, Japan, where cable for the Google-backed FASTER transpacific cable is being manufactured.

  • Submarine repeater units, which amplify signals along undersea Internet cables, were shown off on July 9, 2015, at NEC group company OCC's plant in Kitakyushu, Japan, where cable for the Google-backed FASTER transpacific cable is being manufactured.

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