Facebook, Amazon seek US approval to operate undersea data cable


WASHINGTON : Facebook Inc and Inc have asked the U.S. government for approval to operate a new undersea data cable between the Philippines and California after China Mobile agreed to exit the plan, a government agency said Friday.

The companies told the Federal Communications Commission they intend to start commercial operation by late 2022 and said the new data connection will “provide significant new capacity on routes where capacity demand continues to increase substantially each year.” The company said the new cable will help support Facebook applications and provide Amazon and its affiliates with “capacity to support Amazon’s cloud services offerings and connect its data centers.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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