Google Is About to Build Its Own Undersea Internet Cables

Google Is About to Build Its Own Undersea Internet Cables

Google Is About to Build Its Own Undersea Internet Cables

The three new cables will enable the linking of five new regions for cloud clients: Montreal, the Netherlands, Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong.

Even after this major expansion is done, Google will continue to build out its Cloud network, so even though this build-out will take a couple of years, this won't be the last time we hear of Google bringing data centers to new regions and injecting money into undersea cable projects.

Google isn't the only company making this kind of investment in infrastructure. Facebook, Aqua Comms, and Bulk Infrastructure are also involved in the development of the cable, which will be built by TE Subcom and is due for completion in 2019. Google says that this will be the first subsea cable connected to Chile in 20 years, and since it's a private cable, it will be used to serve Google customers in Latin America. According to Google there are some distinct benefits to owning the cable directly. "Once deployed, we can make routing decisions that optimize for latency and availability", the company said. Today it announced three new undersea cables scheduled to go online next year. Now, the search giant has a direct investment in 11 cables.

A second cable, which will run from the U.S. east coast to Denmark, with a stopover in Ireland, will be 7242 kms in length.

Google Is About to Build Its Own Undersea Internet Cables
Google Is About to Build Its Own Undersea Internet Cables

Google is also working with Facebook, subsea network manufacturer Aqua Comms, and industrial group Bulk Infrastructure on the Havfrue cable, which will connect the USA east coast to Denmark and Ireland.

Google has launched several new regions in recent months as it seeks to keep pace with public cloud rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

Google is also working with RTI-C and NEC on te HKG cable system, which will help boost its network capacity in its new Hong Kong region, Google said.

Google's VP of cloud services told the WSJ that it had no choice if it wanted faster links to regions not now well served by data connections. It now has 15 regions made up of 44 zones. "Companies like PayPal leverage our network and infrastructure to run their businesses effectively". Google is also invested in Indigo which connects Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore, and PLCN which connects Hong Kong and Los Angeles, both of which will also enter service in 2019.

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