Google to build another subsea internet cable to link the U.S. and Europe2020-07-28 11:11 by Daniela
Google plans to build a new subsea cable with landing points in New York in the U.S. and Bude, UK and Bilbao, Spain in Europe. The tech giant says it is incorporating new technology into the cable, which it claims is a significant upgrade to older existing lines. When operational, the cable will provide around 340–350 Terabytes per second of capacity — the equivalent of some 17.5 million people all streaming 4K videos simultaneously.
A contract to build the cable was signed earlier this year with Eatontown, N.J.-based subsea cable provider, SubCom, and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
"In today's day and age, as the ways that we work, play and connect are becoming increasingly digital, reliable connectivity is more important than ever before," Google said in a statement on Tuesday (28 July). "That's why we're excited to announce a new subsea cable—Grace Hopper—which will run between the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain, providing better resilience for the network that underpins Google's consumer and enterprise products."
The new cable, named after the pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper, will join Google's various other private subsea cables like Curie between the U.S. and South America, Dunant between the U.S. and France, and Equiano between Europe and Africa.
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