Google has finished laying their undersea cable that runs from New York, US to Cornwall, UK and Bilbao, Spain.
The big moment was announced in a Google Cloud blog that features a map of the North Atlantic with lines drawn from New York to Bude and Bilbao. The cable is called Grace Hopper, named after a pioneering computer scientist from the US.
“Grace Hopper represents a new generation of trans-Atlantic cable coming to the UK shores and is one of the first new cables to connect the US and the UK since 2003,” said Jane Stowell, strategic negotiator of global infrastructure for Google.
This isn’t Google’s only subsea cable. Earlier this year, the company announced the Firmina Subsea Internet Cable, that will stretch from the US East Coast to points along eastern coast of South America. Google’s other subsea cables include Curie, between Chile and Los Angeles; Equiano, between Portugal and South Africa; Dunant, which connects the US and France, along with a Havfrue link in Denmark; the recently announced the subsea cable called Apricot, connecting Singapore, Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan & Indonesia; and the companion Echo subsea cable connecting the US, Singapore, Guam and Indonesia.
The 3,900 mile cable is designed to send up to 350 terabytes of data per second and to reduce internet outages with fibre switching, Google said.