In a latest post today by Bikash Koley, VP of Global Networking, Google Cloud, Google announced the investment in Echo subsea cable system, a new subsea cable directly connecting Singapore to the United States.
Echo cable will run from Eureka, California to Singapore, with a stop-over in Guam, with plans to also land in Indonesia. Additional landings are possible in the future.
Echo will be the first-ever cable to directly connect the U.S. to Singapore with direct fiber pairs over an express route. It will decrease latency for users connecting to applications running the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) regions in the area, home to some of the world’s most vibrant financial and technology centers.
Echo’s architecture is designed for maximum resilience: Its unique Trans Pacific route to Southeast Asia avoids crowded, traditional paths to the north.
Echo cable system is expected to be ready for service in 2023.
Additional to the information in Google's announcement, the Echo cable system will have a branch to Palau, called Palau Cable 2. Both Echo and Palua Cable 2 will be supplied by NEC. Echo consortium comprises Google, Facebook, XL Axiata, etc.
According to a recent study of Google’s APAC network infrastructure between 2010 and 2019, Google has made significant investments in network infrastructure globally. In Asia–Pacific (APAC), Google has invested over USD2 billion since 2010.
According to SubmarineNetworks.com, Google has invested in 17 subsea cable systems. Visit here for the Complete List of Google's Subsea Cable Investments.