Google expands network adding new regions and subsea cables

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U.S. giant Google announced Tuesday the opening of almost half a dozen data centers and the installation of three new submarine cables in 2018 and 2019, to strengthen its cloud computing infrastructure.

Google will commission the work. These new regions will come online beginning later this year, while the undersea cables will all launch in 2019. Microsoft and Facebook worked together to build a massive oversea data cable connecting Virginia Beach in the USA to Bilbao, Spain. Google's third undersea cable effort is in the Pacific with the HK-G, Hong Kong-Guam cable.

Now onto the subsea cables, which will be known as the Curie cable (named after scientist Marie Curie), the Havfrue cable (Danish for mermaid) and HK-G cable. The cable, dubbed Unity, was meant to address the need for broadband for data and internet traffic between Asia and the U.S. At the time, the project would add up to 7.68 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent to date on improving its infrastructure over the past three years.

Google is also constructing, or taking part in constructing, three undersea cables, which will be commissioned in 2019.

Here, Google is beefing its European presence, while AWS recently announced further availability zones in its EU:London region and it shouldn't be too long before you see an announcement from Microsoft, IBM and the rest.

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The companies setting up the cables include TE SubCom, a unit of NYSE-listed TE Connectivity, and Tokyo-listed NEC, Google said.

In addition to the new cables, Google this year will also add five new cloud regions in Los Angeles, Montreal, Finland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

"Since we control the design and construction process, we can fully define the cable's technical specifications, streamline deployment, and deliver service to users and customers faster".

These three cables will take Google's direct investments up to 11 cables, with the others including: Indigo, PLCN, Tannat, Junior, Monet, FASTER, SJC and UNITY. When deployed, the cable will increase Google's network capacity in the Hong Kong region and deliver better performance and response times between Australia and major hubs in Asia, Treynor said.

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