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Google Running Pacific Fiber
Will get access to new run at build cost....
by Karl Bode 01:34PM Friday Sep 21 2007
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:
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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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kapil
The Kapil

join:2000-04-26
Chicago, IL

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Hmmm

I can't tell if Google people are smart and actually have some master plan in the works, or is this simply throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.

For the sake of my handful of shares, I hope it's the former....but I must say, that an awful lot of what they fling, does end up sticking.
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Ahrenl

join:2004-10-26
North Andover, MA

Re: Hmmm

There was an article in some publication (sorry for the vagueness) mentioning that their operating objectives focus on your so called "sticky shit" strategy. That most new employee's aren't assigned a project and are just left to figure out something to do. Pretty interesting read if you can find it.. And if you can find it with the information I've provided you, you need to make it your job.

kapil
The Kapil

join:2000-04-26
Chicago, IL

Re: Hmmm

said by Ahrenl:

if you can find it with the information I've provided you, you need to make it your job.
LOL
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Ahrenl

join:2004-10-26
North Andover, MA

Re: Hmmm

Ahh! I remember! It was a few issues ago of Bloomberg Magazine. You can probably even find it over at Bloomberg.com.

phoneboy3

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I'll put my vote in for the "throwing shit at the wall" thing. Anything that tries to bypasses world reliance on Telco's is a good thing so I am all for it. I'm sure that is part of what Google is thinking. The Telco's have been threatening to squeeze Google for some of those juicy profits so can you blame Google for wanting to get out of that position?

SlickEnW
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join:2003-01-21
Seattle, WA

I guess i should pay attention in business class

I would have never thought of this one...

Search engines buyn' air space n' fiber??

nice!!

Quick note; I fired up IE instead of Firefox by mistake and in the MSN search bar, i typed "Google", then used it to find my search.

Darn my loyalty.

But seriously. Doesn't google already have a presence in these other countries? Is their purchase of additional pipe (read e-pen!s) just to deliver goods faster?
SylphFi
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join:2007-06-07
Moses Lake, WA

Re: I guess i should pay attention in business class

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.

RARPSL

join:1999-12-08
Suffern, NY

Re: I guess i should pay attention in business class

said by SylphFi:

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.
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.
SylphFi
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join:2007-06-07
Moses Lake, WA

Re: I guess i should pay attention in business class

Very good observation.

SlickEnW
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join:2003-01-21
Seattle, WA
said by SylphFi:

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.
I see...good explanation.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

Asia speed tests?

Does this mean my speed tests to Asia might go over 1-5mbits on a 20mbit fiber connection? Or will Verizon still throttle long-distance bandwith?