Google’s New Transatlantic Data Cable To Land In Cornwall. According to BBC Google has announced plans to build a new underwater network cable connecting to the US, Spain UK. The company said it’s incorporating new technology into the cable, which it claims is a significant upgrade to order existing lines.
However, the new project is expected to be completed by 2022. Based on google estimate, the undersea data cables are vital to global communications infrastructure, carrying some 98% of the world’s data. The cables are usually built by communications firms- typically a group of them pooling resources, which then charge other companies to make use of them.
Google’s New Transatlantic Data Cable To Land In Cornwall
The latest cable is known as “Grace Hopper” it was named after an American computer scientist and naval rear admiral will hit the Uk at Bude, in Cornwall. Thus, it will be the fourth undersea cable privately owned by google.
According to telecoms analyst IDC, John Delaney said that Google needs an ever-increasing amount of transatlantic bandwidth. “building its own cables helps them choose cable routes that are most optimal and near data centers.” He also said, “ It also minimizes operational expenditure by reducing the need to pay telcos and other third-party cable owners for the use of their infrastructure.”
Jayne Stowell who oversees the construction of Google’s underwater cable projects told BBC it needed an internet connection that could be relied upon. She said, “it’s not enough to have a single cable because any element in the network can break from to time, and it’s 8,000 meters under the water, it takes a while to repair.”
Under The Water
The first-ever transatlantic telecommunications cable was built in 1858, connecting Ireland and the US by telegraph.
About 750,000 miles of cable already run between continents to support the demand for communication and entertainment, enough to run around the world almost 17 times.
Thus, cables are required to withstand major hazards, including earthquakes and heavy currents, and have a lifespan of around 25years.
Some of the transatlantic cables are “going out of service and we need new, better and more sophisticated technology, says Ms. Stowell. She continued “it served its need and purpose at the time but its the old generation.”
The tech giant is yet to build a cable that lands in mainland China, where its services are restricted by the state, and Stowell said there are no plans to build one in the foreseeable future. She said, “We understand, being an American company, and understand the legalities of what we abide by.” But she pointed out that the Asia market was bigger than China.
However, she also addressed growing fears that the world could soon see two internets, one controlled by the West and the other by China.
“The worldwide web is dependent upon interconnected networks. One would hope networks would be regarded as neutral and continue to interconnect.”
Since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, internet usage has skyrocketed across the world. Ofcom revealed in April that a record number of UK adults spent a quarter of their waking day online during the lockdown.
As the demand for high-speed internet increases across the globe, companies are continuing to look for ways to reach out to more consumers.
Moreover, Google is not alone in pursuing ownership of vital data infrastructure. For example, Facebook and Microsoft are joint owners with telecoms company Telxius of the Mara cable, which runs from the US to Spain.
Facebook announced in May, another project to build a 37,000km (23,000miles) underwater cable to supply faster internet to 16 countries in Africa. It will be ready for use by 2024, thus will deliver three times the capacity of all current underwater cables serving the continent. Africa lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to internet access, with only four in 10 people having access to the web.