IT & Network Infrastructure : Google Helps Finance Latest Trans-Pacific Fiber Optic Cable Project
Laying fiber optic data transmission cable across the Pacific Ocean is a costly and risky operation. Not just any company with a seaworthy ship can hope to undertake this sort of operation. It takes specialized ships and companies that have developed the expertise to do it right. PacNet, the largest submarine cable operator in the Far East, and SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications) recently completed the latest trans-Pacific cable deployment project using the Global Sentinel, a 19-year-old purpose-built ship. In March 2010, Global Sentinel was docked on the San Francisco waterfront after spending nine months at sea completing the last phase of the two-year project that will connect overseas data networks and deliver the voice, data, graphics, video and database information needed to serve cities and enterprises along the Pacific Rim.