This from TeleGeography:
On September 21, 2007, Communications Day reported that Google is heading up a consortium of telecom companies that is working on a trans-Pacific undersea cable, called “Unity.” Google is joining a crowded field of telecom companies seeking to build new cables across the Pacific.
Trans-Pacific bandwidth demand has soared in recent years, due to the rapid growth of the Internet. New data from TeleGeography’s Global Internet Geography research service show that trans-Pacific Internet traffic increased 41 percent between mid-2006 and mid-2007.
Hey, if you’re going to handle the world’s information, and that information includes voice, pictures, video, not to mention all the other garbage we produce, you need some thick pipes (and powerful servers).