Paid by Biden, Google Wants to Pull Submarine Cable Around RI Tech – 6 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced plans to build a submarine internet cable network across “tiny” countries in the Pacific Ocean, including Indonesia’s neighbors, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Plans are to build a submarine cable from the United States across the Pacific Ocean to Australia, according to quoted US government officials Reuters, will be announced in the US on Wednesday (25/10/2023) local time.

The agreement to build a submarine cable network will expand Google’s commercial submarine cable project to a region that includes countries such as Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plans to visit the White House to meet with President Joe Biden. The governments of both countries will make financial contributions to Google’s submarine cable project.

The Australian government will contribute US$ 50 million, while the US will contribute US$ 15 million.

Countries in the middle of the Pacific Ocean have become a new focus for China and the United States. The two countries that are fighting for influence are competing to approach the governments of Pacific countries to establish military partnerships and infrastructure development.

President Joe Biden also pushed for the United States to remain dominant in the field of telecommunications services. Control of the telecommunications industry is considered one of the key national security issues because it is related to controlling the flow of information to and from around the world.

Google is currently building a fiber optic cable that passes through Taiwan to connect the Philippines and the United States.

As part of the Pacific island countries’ telecommunications infrastructure project, the US will also work with local governments to build cybersecurity resilience including assisting with data backup to global cloud networks.

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