Google's cloud is spreading through new undersea cables


Google also announced plans for three new undersea cables that will connect its data centers around the world. Google is developing this cable in partnership with Facebook, while it will be built by TE SubCom.

The Curie cable will be privately owned by Google and will connect Chile to Los Angeles. It will also be the first undersea cable to land in Chile in almost two decades.

'Most importantly, PLCN will bring lower latency, more security, and greater bandwidth to Google users in the APAC region'. 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. Google sees some distinct benefits in going the private route, such as being able to control the design and construction process, and fully defining the cable's technical specifications.

The other two cables are owned by consortiums, which Google as a member.

It can deliver 60 terabits per second of bandwidth 5,600 miles across the ocean, bringing high speed connection to users in the U.S. and Japan.

Google parent Alphabet Inc. owns a massive network of fiber-optic cables and data centers built up over the past decade.

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Google plans to commission the three subsea cables in 2019, the internet giant said in a blog post.

The Havfrue cable will link the United States with Denmark and Ireland, while the Hong Kong Guam cable system (HK-G) will provide better connections between hubs in Asia and open new routes to Australia. Google is working with NEC and RTI-C on the HK-G cable.

Google yesterday said it is adding three new undersea data cables as it continues to bulk up its ability to power cloud services around the world. The company also leases capacity on multiple other submarine cables as well. This means companies in these regions who leverage Google's Cloud Platform for their server capacity in these regions will experience higher performance and fewer service disruptions.

In addition to the undersea cables, the company also announced five new regions including The Netherlands and Montreal coming online in the first quarter this year.

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 now has 13 regions and a total of 44 zones around the world.