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Google planning undersea 'Unity' communications cable?

Darren Murph

Earlier this year, we got wind of plans to construct a 12,428-mile fiber link between the west coast of America and Southeast Asia, and now it seems that Google may be "planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009." According to Communications Day, the so-called Unity cable "has been under development for several months," but Google would neither confirm nor deny the plans when questioned. Interestingly, the article points to a Google job listing for a "submarine cable negotiator," and when asked about it, the firm simply stated that "it should come as no surprise that Google is looking for qualified people to help secure additional network capacity." For now, we'll file this one away in the ever-expanding rumor drawer, but hey, it's not like Google has shunned major purchases of fiber in the past.

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