/ 30 March 2021

Facebook’s new plan to connect

In a scenario that’s a bit like a car manufacturer building the road, Facebook’s looking to roll out two underwater cables to boost internet connections between Singapore, Indonesia and North America. The project, which involves Google and regional telecommunication companies, is expected to increase the region’s interwebs capacity by 70%. The cables – named Echo and Bifrost – will need regulatory approval, with the first scheduled to be laid by 2023. And why Indonesia? It’s one of its top 5 markets globally… It’s not Facebook’s first look at this sort of thing – plans for a subsea cable from Los Angeles to Hong Kong were scrapped last year. The tech giant has also shown interest in Africa, with plans to boost its internet connection via a 37,000km cable around the continent.

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