Google announces giant subsea data cable between the USA, UK and Spain

A new transatlantic subsea cable running between the US, the UK and Spain has been announced by Google in a bid to meet ever-growing connectivity demands.

Once commissioned, it will be one of the tech giant’s first new cables to connect the US and UK since 2003, aimed at increasing capacity and helping drive some of Google’s core services, such as video communication platform Meet, Gmail and Google Cloud.

It has been named after computer science pioneer Grace Hopper, best known for her work on one of the first linkers.

Grace Hopper joins Google’s Curie, Dunant and Equiano cables along the ocean floor, where 98% of the world’s internet traffic flows.

The technology will use 16 fibre pairs which Google says is a ‘significant upgrade to the internet infrastructure connecting the US with Europe’, stretching from New York to Bude in north-east Cornwall and Bilbao in northern Spain.

It is the first time Google has invested in a subsea cable route to Spain. A similar subsea cable, funded by Microsoft and Facebook (among others) was completed in 2017.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

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