Google Running Pacific Fiber
Will get access to new run at build cost....
The recent quakes in Taiwan
highlighted a lack of redundancy in the Pacific, and a number of companies are planning to rectify that -- including Google. Australia's Commsday
says the search giant is joining a coalition of companies in a project named "Unity,"
which would run a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific sometime in 2009:
Google would get access to a fibre pair at build cost handing it a tremendous cost advantage over rivals such as MSN and Yahoo, and also potentially enabling it to peer with Asia ISPs behind their international gateways - considerably improving the affordability of Internet services across Asia Pacific.
Verizon, too, is part of a different five-partner, $500 million plan
to run new fiber across the Pacific. Information Week
, meanwhile, throws some gas on the Google Phone rumor, suggesting the company isn't sure if it will be a 3G or EDGE device. In addition to Google's potential bid for 700Mhz spectrum here in the U.S., the company is also eyeballing spectrum in the UK, notes The Guardian
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said by SylphFi:This having their own Backbone can also be looked at a defense against those ISPs pushing the "Google is a Freeloader" Anti-Network-Neutrality chant. By peering with the ISP (as opposed to doing the peering 2nd hand [due to needing an Upstream Peer to do the actual peering]) they can reach a Peering Agreement that takes the wind out of the Freeloader Bovine Excrement claims.
They are doing it so they will have their own pipe, and can stop paying someone else (Global Crossing, MCI, et al) to deliver their goods. They are doing the same thing inside the U.S, buying dark fiber between their data centers, so they can cut out a large amount of recurring bandwidth costs.