08/08/2020

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Google Announces Private New Subsea Cable Linking UK and US

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

Google these days exposed options for a new private six,three hundred subsea cable linking the United kingdom and US, with a branch to Spain — to be accomplished by 2022.

The “Grace Hopper” cable will be outfitted with sixteen fibre pairs, which Google described as a “significant upgrade” to latest internet infrastructure connecting the US with Europe. It will have a substantial 340-350 Tbps capability.

Google dubbed it the to start with important new direct link amongst the US and United kingdom considering the fact that 2003. (The US and Spain ended up joined by the 200 Tbps MAREA cable in 2018: a joint undertaking amongst Facebook (25%), Microsoft (25%), and Spain’s Telefónica (fifty%)

The cable will be one hundred% owned by Google.

Other folks hoping for capability could be out of luck: “Google is not a telco and is not in the enterprise of offering capacity”, the enterprise sniffed when asked by Laptop or computer Business Overview: “The capability is designated mostly for use by Google’s inside products and solutions and expert services this sort of as Fulfill, Gmail, Lookup and for Google Cloud customers”,

The enterprise included: “We do, however, share capability with other exterior partners on a case by case basis”. The cable is becoming made and laid by flip-critical SubCom. (Google declined to reveal a Capex figure, when asked).

A SubCom animation displaying how subsea laying is finished.

The enterprise described the capability as “equivalent to close to 17.five million individuals streaming 4K films concurrently”.

Google said it will be ready to dynamically route fibre pairs amongst the US, United kingdom and Spain, using new switching engineering that will make it possible for it to mitigate the impression of any outages: “Google and SubCom engineers collaborated on incorporating this impressive switching architecture into the method. Grace Hopper is the world’s to start with submarine cable to use this engineering,” the two said.

Grace Hopper joins Google’s other private subsea cables, Curie, Dunant and Equiano.

The cable is named for computer system science pioneer Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906–1992), best known for her work on a single of the to start with linkers (compilers), which was crucial in the growth of the COBOL programming language.

See also: Africa to be Ringed by 23,000-Mile Subsea Cable – “2Africa” to Triple Continent’s Subsea Community Ability