Google has announced plans to lay two new underwater cables in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, connecting Australia to the western coast of the United States via the islands of Fiji and French Polynesia. The cable that passes through Fiji is called Tabua, named after the sacred tooth of the Fijian people. The cable that passes through French Polynesia is called Honomoana, derived from the words “link” (hono) and “ocean” (moana), with a cable connecting the two islands. This creates a ring network between Australia, Fiji, and French Polynesia, providing alternative routes if any of the cables encounter issues.
The underwater cable project will be carried out by Vocus Group, a company that already operates cable networks in Australia and New Zealand. They are also collaborating with government agencies in Fiji and French Polynesia. Google has a long history of investing in or partnering with underwater cable projects, such as INDIGO in Southeast Asia, the Hong Kong-Guam cable, the Japan-Guam-Australia cable, the transatlantic cable from the United States to France, the cable from Portugal to Africa, and the cable from Singapore to the United States.
TLDR: Google plans to lay two new underwater cables, Tabua and Honomoana, connecting Australia to the western United States via Fiji and French Polynesia. This project will enhance connectivity and provide alternative routes in case of cable issues. Vocus Group and government agencies are involved, and Google has a history of investing in similar projects.