The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Google (GOOG. US) temporarily operates an undersea fiber optic connection system from the United States to Taiwan, China. Google applied for permission to operate the undersea cable system on April 2, with the support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in a decision on Wednesday (April 8) local time, saying it had urgent needs because its systems could reach maximum capacity in the Asia-Pacific region within the next six months. If not approved, Google will likely have to look for alternative capacity at a higher price.
Google operates cables on land and on the sea floor to ensure that consumers have fast and reliable access to their services. Last year, the company launched Equiano, a cable network from Africa to Europe.
Google’s submarine fiber-optic system, known as the Pacific Cable Network System, will pass from the United States to Taiwan within the next six months, pending the signing of the final document with the Federal Communications Commission.
However, Google executives have previously said they have the capacity to meet the higher demand severing demand symbs on products such as YouTube as consumers are quarantined at home.
Urs Holzle, Google’s senior vice president of technology infrastructure, attributed the outage, which was resolved in late March, to software errors in third-party routers. Shortly thereafter, he wrote in a blog post that peak traffic levels were within our ability to handle loads.
However, Google announced at the end of March that it would temporarily default to restoring all videos on YouTube to standard clarity due to increased usage. Several reports show that the recent brief outage of Google’s cloud platform led to Gmail, Snapchat. US) and Google’s smart home division Nest has malfunctioned.
A Google spokesman said the company now recognizes the importance of Google’s services and is committed to increasing capacity to stay ahead of the curve. The company’s global network deployment and operations teams are continuously improving capacity to meet the needs of users, including operating submarine cable systems.