With a hat tip to Rod, news that Google is planning a trans pacific undersea cable to be launched in 2009. Points to note;

  • Google has not confirmed the reports but said

“Additional infrastructure for the Internet is good for users and there are a number of proposals to add a Pacific submarine cable. We’re not commenting on any of these plans.”

  •  The project (named “unity”) would probably see Google partner with other carriers and in return would get fibre access at cost pricing (which would be a crushing blow to its competitors methinks)
  • Earlier this year Google advertised a job for a “submarine cable negotiator” with this description

“These negotiators will work closely with vendors to identify highly cost-effective solutions under the most favorable commercial and technical terms possible. They will also be involved in new projects or investments in cable systems that Google may contemplate to extend or grow its backbone.”

  • Google has already discussed its intention regarding the US 700MHz spectrum allocation

Google is attempting to build world 2.0 (well thats hyperbole but you get my drift)

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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