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Kim Dotcom has told the world he wants to get into the submarine cable business.

Dotcom’s plan is to revive a company called Pacific Fibre that, as we reported last August, wanted to build a USA-to-New Zealand cable, but sank for lack of funds.

New Zealand has few submarine cables connections to the world, which keeps the cost of landed data high and therefore means local internet service providers charge prices that seem less-than-generous compared to ISPs in other parts of the world. Those costs are also presumably bad news for Dotcom’s new venture, me.ga, as it will ship an awful lot of data to and from the land of the long white cloud.

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This man will become more than my hero if he revives Pacific Fibre's project and gets it done. As reported the data caps here are terrible, the costs are high, the latencies to most game server hosts / MMORPG's are terrible because US is the "online gaming hub" so to speak (unless we purchase tunneling services). Aus/NZ players typically get the shaft when it comes to online games, e.g. WoW is 7 years old, floating in billions of $$ and they still haven't put servers in Oceania. Guild Wars 2 has zero servers anywhere near this side so competitive PvP = out the window. Etc etc.

A fiber cable straight to US will improve the situation by leaps and bounds - I will donate to Mega if Dotcom confirms he'll see this through to the end.
Edited by Tippy - 11/4/12 at 3:16am
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So he is becoming an internet provider?good for him!
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This man will become more than my hero if he revives Pacific Fibre's project and gets it done. As reported the data caps here are terrible, the costs are high, the latencies to most game server hosts / MMORPG's are terrible because US is the "online gaming hub" so to speak (unless we purchase tunneling services). Aus/NZ players typically get the shaft when it comes to online games, e.g. WoW is 7 years old, floating in billions of $$ and they still haven't put servers in Oceania. Guild Wars 2 has zero servers anywhere near this side so competitive PvP = out the window. Etc etc.

A fiber cable straight to US will improve the situation by leaps and bounds - I will donate to Mega if Dotcom confirms he'll see this through to the end.

Wouldn't that be an insanely long cable, though? (Genuine question; I don't know the real distance.)
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Wouldn't that be an insanely long cable, though? (Genuine question; I don't know the real distance.)

Doesnt matter, Speed of Light smile.gif Latency would be a bit high, but not monstrous
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please stop at Australia on the way. thumb.gif
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the latency is caused here in usa.or canada.the game go into agrement with main market internet provider.to get good. latency to where they agree.your outside the zone?sorry ,other need the bandwith more then you.because the whole web traffic as been a priority base system since everquest had to come in agreement (money wise)to be a priority on the bandwith !a scam today?of caurse lol.
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That's one way around ISP's blocking your service.

It sounds like a good strategy. Mega will be too valuable and too popular for NZ government to move against.
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Cheaper internet and lower pings to US servers would definitely be worth it. 

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How much does he have to spend on this?
I can't imagine that this could be a cheap undertaking...
However if it does go through its fantastic for the aussies and New zealanders.
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