29 Dec '14, 4pm

Arctic Fibre Project to Link Japan and U.K.

Meter by meter, a slim vein of fiber-optic cable will soon start snaking its way across the bottom of three oceans and bring the world a few milliseconds closer together. The line will start near Tokyo and cut diagonally across the Pacific, hugging the northern shore of North America and slicing down across the Atlantic to stop just shy of London. Once the cable is live, light will transmit data from one end to the other in just 154 milli­seconds—24 ms less than today’s speediest digital connection between Japan and the United Kingdom. That may not seem like much, but the investors and companies eager to send information—stock trades, wire transfers—are so intent on earning a fraction-of-a-second advantage over competitors that the US $850 million price tag for the approximately 15,600-kilometer cable may well be worth it. Arctic Fibre , the Toronto-based company building ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/internet/arctic-fibre-pr...

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