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An undersea cable built by a group including Google and telecom companies is set to start carrying traffic at any point, with Google to get as much as 20 percent of the capacity.
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The existing bandwidth between Asia and North America is crowded. Following FCC approval of a U.S.-China link last month, Google and five other companies have announced a Japan-U.S. link to be completed in early 2010.
Two of the world's largest phone companies are joining forces with major telcos in Asia and the U.S. to build an undersea cable network that adds more network capacity and additional routes between North America with Asia.