Google Building 3 New Undersea Cables to Expand Cloud Business

Google Building 3 New Undersea Cables to Expand Cloud Business

Its datacentre expansions suggest adoption of Google's public cloud services is showing no signs of slowing, after 2017 saw the firm opening around one new region a month to keep up with demand.

Google is building three new under-sea fiber-optic cables, adding to the eight that it already helped construct. When completed, the 6,000-mile cable offered speeds of 60Tbps.

Google said in 2019 it will be involved with the commissioning of three sub-sea cables: Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, a consortium cable connecting the USA to Denmark and Ireland; and the Hong Kong-Guam Cable, connecting major subsea communication hubs in Asia.

Google now has direct investment in 11 cables, including those planned or under construction. It will serve Google users and customers across Latin America.

Overall, the Google network has over 100 points of presence and over 7,500 edge caching nodes.

The new cables include Curie, which will link Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, connecting the United States to Denmark and Ireland; and the Hong-Kong-Guam (HK-G) cable system, linking up "major subsea communication hubs in Asia", Google's Vice President for 24/7 Operations Ben Treynor Sloss wrote in a blog post.

Google said its network now delivers around 25 per cent of worldwide internet traffic. Google is third in cloud-computing revenue behind Amazon and Microsoft in the race to win big customers, which run everything from shopping websites to government databases on the tech giants' computer servers.


"This is, I believe, the largest single pipe into Chile", Mr. Treynor said of the Curie cable, named after the French scientist Marie Curie.

Meanwhile, Google is building Havfrue with Facebook, Aqua Comms and Bulk Infrastructure, and working with RTI-C and NEC on the HK-G cable system.

The company's network-driven strategy has gained it some attention.

In addition, there are plans for further infrastructure investment through the commission of three new submarine cables in 2019.

Mr. Shivananda said the payments processor was impressed by Google's consistently fast connections.

Some of PayPal's acquired companies, including Braintree and Venmo, still run partly on Amazon. It said that without this infrastructure it would be unable to deliver its cloud services at the quality of service users require.

-Jack Nicas contributed to this article.

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