Facebook Invests in Internet Accessibility
The Asia Pacific Gateway, or APG as it’s being called, is designed to improve internet speeds for citizens and businesses around that area. The cable will run directly from Malaysia to South Korea and then to Japan. It will then also branch off to other countries in the area. The cable will run under the sea at a length of 10,000km (6,214 miles).
This investment will hopefully provide a better user experience for a great number of Facebook users in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan. It is unclear how much they have invested so far but a spokesman said a consortium of firms had invested $450m (£280m) in total. The fibre optic cable will send and receive data to North America much faster and be able to channel high volumes of traffic on the network with minimal latency. This will also lower the dependency on Singapore as the main Gateway for internet traffic. Facebook has been having some tough times lately, having the share price fall, as well being the center of attention for all of the wrong reasons. It is expected that the following investment will boost membership to its social networking site as statistics show that the number of Japan-based visitors had more than doubled since the new year, totaling 17.2 million people by May.