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Facebook to build submarine cables linking US and Indonesia

Project also backed by Google reflects increasing focus on south-east Asia's biggest economy

Sudirman Central Business District in Jakarta, Indonesia. Facebook is increasing its focus on south-east Asia’s biggest economy

SINGAPORE (Financial Times) -- Facebook will build two submarine cables connecting the US with Indonesia for the first time as the Silicon Valley group boosts its focus on the world's fastest-growing population of smartphone users.

The project, in which US search giant Google will also own a stake, will supply faster internet to south-east Asia's biggest economy as well as connect both countries to Singapore. The cables will increase data capacity by 70 per cent between the west coast of the US and the Asian countries, Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

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