Google announces that it will be building a new undersea web cable that connects the US, UK and Spain.
Right now, Google has made Curie, Dunant, Equiano and Junior and once the latest one gets constructed, this private cable will become the fifth in Google’s expanding roster. All these cables have been made in order to boost the flexibility of networks that supports the company’s consumer and enterprise products.
The newest cable will be called “Grace Hopper”, after an American computer scientist and naval rear admiral.
It will also be Google’s first investment in a submarine cable which will be anchored in Spain and will aim to merge the upcoming Google Cloud region in Madrid along with the company’s broader global infrastructure.
Underwater data cables are very important for global communications infrastructure as it carries 99.5% of all transoceanic data today through about 380 undersea cables which run for 750,000 miles across the ocean floor. These wires connect large data centres and give support to cloud giants like AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
“Private subsea cables allow us to plan effectively for the future capacity needs of our customers and users around the world, and add a layer of security beyond what’s available over the public internet,” the company said regarding funding the project themselves.
Grace Hopper will have 16 fibre pairs which are more than any cable that is currently in use.
It will also control new optical fibre switching techniques in order to boost reliability, which allows the company to “better move traffic around outages.” This will also be the first of its kind, which Google is excited to combine into other systems in the future.
The plan is to complete the project by 2022 but it is possible that just like the Pacific Light Cable Network, this international project might run into some issues that could delay this timeline.