O Google revealed more details about the submarine cable Curie which connects the United States to Chile to provide services like Gmail, YouTube and Cloud in South America. In addition, the company announced that it is preparing a branch to Panama in order to improve its connectivity in Central America.
The Curie installation was completed by SubCom in April. The necessary tests have since been completed, but Google only plans to integrate it into its infrastructure in the second quarter of 2020, when it will start transmitting data exclusively for the company’s services, including Gmail, Search, YouTube and Google Cloud.
With 10,500 km, the Curie is the first submarine cable to connect to Chile in 19 years, going from the Valparaíso region to Los Angeles, California. It has a bandwidth of 72 Tb / s, composed of four pairs of optical fiber of 18 Tb / s.
Curie will gain a branch to Balboa, in Panama. The idea is to “increase connectivity and bandwidth for Central America”, according to Google. This cable will also be installed by SubCom, but a deadline for that to happen has not been released.
Google has three unique submarine cables
Google has two other exclusive submarine cables: Dunant, which will link the US and France in 2020; and Equiano, to connect Portugal, Nigeria and South Africa by 2021. The company says it can “add a layer of security beyond what is available on the public internet, and efficiently plan future capacity needs. our customers and users around the world ”.
Submarine cables can transmit data up to 8 times faster than satellites, so they are preferred by most companies. In fact, 99% of international traffic telecommunications is carried by submarine cables; this includes internet data, calls and text messages. That’s why Google says that “the [computação na] cloud is not in the skies, it is in the ocean ”.
With information: Google.