Google has announced its financial support for ambitious plans to construct a Trans-Pacific high-speed internet cable led by a consortium of Asia's biggest telecommunications players, including China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and SingTel.

The $300 million project ,which goes by the moniker “FASTER”, will feature the most advanced high-quality 6 fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies, to be provided by Japanese IT giant NEC. The system is expected to have an initial design capacity of 60 terabytes per second (100 gigabytes per second x 100 wavelengths…