In a move to boost its membership in Asia, Facebook has reportedly invested in a new underwater cable project that will reportedly stretch up to 10,000 kilometers or 6,214 miles. The said project, called Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), hopes to improve the Internet speeds for the majority of the people in the continent by using fiber-optic cable to send and receive data to North America faster. The new cable system will reportedly run directly from Malaysia to South Korea and Japan, with other links to other countries as well.
“Our investment in this cable will help support our growth in South Asia, making it possible for us to provide a better user experience for a greater number of Facebook users in countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Singapore,” a Facebook spokesman said. However, the spokesman declined to divulge the exact amount of money that the social networking giant has invested in the project. “India and the Philippines are both really heavy users of Facebook, and connectivity is patchy in and out of the countries,” one analyst told BBC.
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