China building internet cable to Europe
March 8, 2021 - Chinese companies are building a 12,000km undersea cable – known as Peace – which will travel over land from China to Pakistan, before snaking along the sea floor via the Horn of Africa and terminating in France later this year.
The Peace cable aims to make service faster for Chinese companies doing business in Europe and Africa, and will be able to transport enough data in one second for 90,000 hours of Netflix, according to Bloomberg.
Huawei Technologies, the company at the centre of a long-running power struggle between China and the U.S., is the third-largest shareholder in Hengtong Optic-Electric Co. – the company building the cable. Huawei is also making the equipment for the Peace cable landing stations and its underwater transmission gear.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. say they won’t be using Peace because they have enough capacity already. Even if they wanted to, using Peace would be hard for these companies to do, because of the U.S.-led boycott of many Chinese telecommunications equipment makers, including Huawei, for national security reasons, Bloomberg said.