Google announced on September 6th in a blog post that FASTER Cable Taiwan Extension has been ready for service, offering up to 26Tbps connection between Japan and Taiwan, which currently houses the tech giant’s largest data centre in the region.

Google expected the new FASTER cable to boost its speed of service in the area, as well as providing greater reliability and consistency for Taiwanese customers.

The high-speed cable was laid outside of earthquake and tsunami zones, in an attempt to better protect the infrastructure from network outages caused by natural disasters.

FASTER Cable Map

FASTER Cable System Connectivity

The segments between Japan and the US of the FASTER Cable System was put into service on June 30, 2016. Upon launch of its Taiwan Extension, the whole FASTER Cable System is in operation.

Yan Tang, Network Resource APAC Regional Lead, wrote in the blog post that with an online population in Asia growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, it is critical to invest in the infrastructure required to support the internet in the region.

Tang added that the two APAC Google data centres are key to this push, and the company has already worked to expand its facility in Singapore to meet increasing demand. ‘It’s also why we’re investing in these undersea cables – to make everyone’s computing just a bit faster and to bring people around the world just a bit closer together,’ she concluded.