Google Announces Private New Subsea Cable Linking UK and US

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“Google is not a telco and is not in the business enterprise of marketing capacity”

Google now exposed options for a new non-public 6,three hundred subsea cable linking the Uk and US, with a branch to Spain — to be concluded by 2022.

The “Grace Hopper” cable will be outfitted with 16 fibre pairs, which Google explained as a “significant upgrade” to present net infrastructure connecting the US with Europe. It will have a considerable 340-350 Tbps capability.

Google dubbed it the very first big new immediate link in between the US and Uk given that 2003. (The US and Spain ended up joined by the 200 Tbps MAREA cable in 2018: a joint project in between Facebook (25%), Microsoft (25%), and Spain’s Telefónica (fifty%)

The cable will be 100% owned by Google.

Other individuals hoping for capability might be out of luck: “Google is not a telco and is not in the business enterprise of marketing capacity”, the business sniffed when asked by Pc Enterprise Evaluation: “The capability is selected primarily for use by Google’s inner items and services these kinds of as Satisfy, Gmail, Look for and for Google Cloud customers”,

The business included: “We do, nevertheless, share capability with other external companions on a scenario by scenario basis”. The cable is remaining produced and laid by turn-vital SubCom. (Google declined to expose a Capex determine, when asked).

A SubCom animation exhibiting how subsea laying is carried out.

The business explained the capability as “equivalent to somewhere around 17.5 million people today streaming 4K video clips concurrently”.

Google reported it will be capable to dynamically route fibre pairs in between the US, Uk and Spain, employing new switching technological innovation that will permit it to mitigate the effect of any outages: “Google and SubCom engineers collaborated on incorporating this impressive switching architecture into the procedure. Grace Hopper is the world’s very first submarine cable to use this technological innovation,” the two reported.

Grace Hopper joins Google’s other non-public subsea cables, Curie, Dunant and Equiano.

The cable is named for personal computer science pioneer Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906–1992), best known for her work on one particular of the very first linkers (compilers), which was significant in the growth of the COBOL programming language.

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