Google to connect North and South America via undersea cable

Submarine cables make the data travel faster in the form of pulses of light inside the cable's visible fiber. The Firmina subsea cable will be the longest ever to get single-end power feeding ability.

Google to connect North and South America via undersea cable
The Firmina subsea cable will be the longest ever to get single-end power feeding ability. (Photo credit: Google)

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday, it is constructing an undersea cable that would connect the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with added landings in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. Famina is the name of the cable and it will be the longest cable in the world capable of running solely from an individual power source at one end of the cable if its additional power source becomes briefly unavailable. Firmina is said to improve access to Google services for users in South America, With a total of 12 fibre pairs, the cable will move traffic promptly and securely between North America and South America, providing users fast, low-latency ( a computer network that is optimized to process a large volume of data messages with minimal delay) access to Google products such as Search, YouTube, Gmail and Google Cloud service.

Why underwater cables

It helps make the cable more reliable, a key preference for Google’s network. Submarine cables make the data travel faster as pulses of light inside the cable’s visible fibres. The Firmina subsea cable will be the longest ever to get single-end power feeding ability. It will get a record-breaking, highly-resilient design that will help in supplying the cable with a voltage 20 per cent more than with former systems.

Google is not the only one eyeing underwater cables

Facebook ̣is planning to build two undersea cables that will help in connecting Indonesia, Singapore and North America in a bid to boost internet connection capacity between regions. The project will take place in collaboration with Google and major telecommunication companies, the sole purpose of the project is to increase connectivity for the central and eastern provinces of Earth’s fourth most populous country. The cables, named Bifrost and Echo, will the first to directly connect North America to some of the major parts of Indonesia.