Remember all the undersea cables that were cut last month? I still haven’t come across a definitive reason for the disruptions, though a February 19th article at The Inquirer claims it was sabotage. I’m not sure about that, but the one thing that is clear is that everyone has moved on. For instance, Google announced a few weeks ago that it was joining a consortium building a new $300 million undersea fiber optic cable linking the US and Japan:
The new cable system – named Unity – will address broadband demand by providing much needed capacity to sustain the unprecedented growth in data and Internet traffic between Asia and the United States. Unity is expected to initially increase Trans-Pacific lit cable capacity by about 20 percent, with the potential to add up to 7.68 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.
Om Malik has a good roundup of reasons for why Google got involved.
Just a few days ago, AT&T announced big investments in data centers here in Canada as well as undersea cables in Asia and Australia:
“Recent cable cuts in Europe and Asia show we need to further improve resiliency and re-routing capability,” he says.
AT&T has the largest private fleet of cable-laying ships in the world, and operates its global network on 71 undersea cables laid over 450,000 miles…
If you do a quick search you’ll find a bunch of other announcements for cable systems, such as this new one in Africa, and this upgraded one that links Singapore and France.
Maybe new cables are being laid faster than they are being cut after all 🙂
Also – check out this post at the Royal Pingdom blog:
Over 260 ISPs, including major network providers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, all cross-connect in a single data center in an office building in downtown LA.
This has been going on for 20 years. So much for not having a single point of failure.
A few cut cables seems kind of irrelevant compared to that.