Google-Facebook Ditch Plans To Dock Giant Data Cable In Hong Kong. Their initial plans were for an underwater data cable in Hong Kong, but it has been dropped. According to Wikipedia, Data Cable is simply a media that lets baseband transcriptions from a transmitter to a receiver. It includes networking media (Ethernet, Token Ring, coaxial, optical fiber, and serial cable), telecommunications, and media cable.
However, According to BBC, the original plans to land the data cable in Hong Kong have been ditched. It was ditched after the US government expressed fears that China could steal data from it.
Google and Facebook are one of the US tech firms involved in the Pacific Light Cable Network project. New plans submitted to the US communication authority mention links with the Philippines and Taiwan only.
Thus, the 12,800 km (8,000 miles) Long cable has already been laid. It needs permission from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to operate. The project was announced initially in 2016.
Google-Facebook Ditch Plans To Dock Giant Data Cable In Hong Kong
When the project was first announced, Google said “the cable would provide enough capacity for Hong Kong to have 80 million concurrent HD video conference calls with Los Angeles.
The tech firm in the US is collaborating on the cable via the Pacific Light Data company. The proposed Hong landing station would have been run by a business owned by China’s Dr. Peng Group, which is one of the county’s largest internet service providers.
Further, the US government committee raised national security concerns about Peng’s involvement in June, citing its relationship with Chinese intelligence and security services.
Tensions have been mounting between the US and China in recent months. Google’s spokeswoman told BBC “We can confirm that the original application for the PLCN cable system has been withdrawn, and a revised application for the US-Taiwain and US-Philippines portions of the system has been submitted.” She added, “ we continue to work through established channels to obtain cable landing licenses for our undersea cables.”
Alan Woodward And Geoffrey Stark Statements
A cyber-security expert at Surrey University, Prof Alan Woodward said that the decision might prove to be counterproductive for the US. He continued “The whole purpose of having the cable join with Hong Kong was that Hong Kong was meant to become an Asian hub so that US tech firms could start to gain more Asian customers.”
However “ the government of the US has in some ways shot their own tech firms in the foot. They’re worried about the influence of Chinese tech firms, but this is preventing US companies from getting into the region at all.”
Geoffrey Stark FCC commissioner said in a tweet that “ he shared the concerns of the US Department of Justice about China accessing data carried by the cable and would continue to speak out.”
Woodward said that the US’s caution about data monitoring was understandable because it also occurs in the West. He said for instance the office of the British intelligence service GCHQ near Bude in Cornwall, where lots of transatlantic data cables enter the UK, although its activities are classified.