Facebook is planning to develop a new undersea internet cable to connect Indonesia, Singapore, and the United States to boost the internet in Southeast Asia. To do this they are partnering with Indonesia’s telco XL Axiata and Singapore’s Keppel for the development of these cables, which are estimated to be done by 2024.
Facebook’s incentive to do this is to increase the number of possible users to its platform, not only including Facebook but Instagram and WhatsApp too. Facebook is stepping up its investments in Indonesia, the third-highest number of users they have. They plan to develop Indonesia by increasing the optic fiber range by 3000 kilometers across 40 cities and additional public WiFi hotspots.
Before this project started this subsea cable project was planned to emerge where in that case it would have linked California to Hong Kong to Taiwan. However, that project was canceled, due to security concerns and government pressure. Despite that, projects like this are favorable and desired by many governments as it can reach remote villages.