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“Faster” cable extension gets switched on
「Faster」海纜延伸段 正式開通

An image incorporating the Taipei 101 skyscraper and the Tokyo Tower illustrates the improved bandwidth and transmission speeds that the Faster undersea fiber-optic cable’s Taiwan extension will provide between the two countries.

Photo courtesy of Google Taiwan

On Sept. 6, Google announced the official opening of the Taiwan extension of Faster — the world’s fastest undersea fiber-optic cable. The new link will enable transmission speeds between Taiwan and Japan to reach 26 terabits (Tb) per second — more than 100 times faster than previously. As well as benefiting users in Taiwan and Japan, the Faster undersea cable will greatly increase the speed of data transmission between Taiwan and other parts of Asia.

Since Google’s biggest data center in Asia is located in Taiwan, now that Faster’s Taiwan extension has gone into operation, it is expected to improve user experience on Google Search, YouTube, Google Maps, Gmail and other products. As well as individual users, Google’s corporate cloud service users and advertisers will benefit from enhanced computing efficiency thanks to the increased bandwidth and transmission speed.

Running between the US West Coast and Japan, Faster is 9,000 kilometers long and cost US$300 million to build. Total investment in the Taiwan extension is US$50 million. The new link makes Taiwan into an important international telecommunications relay station, and in future the Asian region will see more Google undersea fiber-optic cables going into operation one after another.

Google says that the number of Internet users in Asia is growing rapidly. As well as setting up two data centers in Asia — in Taiwan and Singapore — by connecting data transmission between America and various parts of Asia via Faster, Google will be able to strengthen the quality of its services.

(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)



1. data center n. phr.


(zi1 liao4 zhong1 xin1)

2. user experience n. phr.


(shi3 yong4 jing1 yan4)

3. corporate adj.


(qi4 ye4 de5)

4. relay station n. phr.


(zhong1 ji4 zhan4)





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