Facebook’s undersea internet cables to help connect to South Asia

Other / Monday, July 12th, 2021

Facebook has started laying submarine cables to Indonesia and other nearby Asian countries. The cable is intended to improve the internet in the hemisphere.

Submarine cables will be laid by Facebook in South Asia.

Technology  giants Facebook and Google are attempting to install new undersea cables that will link Southeast Asia and North America. The plan, developed by regional communications companies, aims to provide fast internet access to Indonesia and Singapore. This project shows a rapid expansion of the internet. To learn more about protocol management in the expansion of the internet, you can visit this site.

This idea seems welcome after Facebook abandoned some projects that could have linked the US and Hong Kong with capable cables, with some authorities wary of spying using such cables. However, before this cable project could come to fruition, it would need government approval.

The two cables, called Echo and Bifrost, will be the first to pass through the Java Sea, increasing undersea capacity by more than 75 per cent, according to Kevin Salvador, deputy president of Facebook. These internet cables will run around North America to other parts of Asia. Facebook said Echo will be completed by 2024. The Indonesian communications company is working with Google.

Facebook is trying to help Asian countries get a better internet connection

But, according to them, the Bifrost cable will soon be completed. Indonesia has almost a very poor internet connection, especially among Asian countries. Facebook is trying to help this country and other nearby countries to get quality internet connections, which will boost communication and other technology-related operations in the region.

However, there are several disagreements about this project. Many believe that this cable network could lead to spying activities, while others fear that this investment by Facebook and Google is an act of imperialism. According to Hakim Suu, a journalist with a local newspaper, these technology companies need to gain the trust of many citizens to avoid sabotage. He also hopes that job opportunities will arise from this internet project.