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Google Connects Chile to LA PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:08


Evoking memories of “Madame Curie” Alphabet Inc. (Google) awarded to TE SubCom the Curie Submarine Cable system contract. The system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region.

The four fiber-pair system will span over 10,000 km and will link Los Angeles, California (USA) to Valparaiso, Chile, and will include a branching unit for future connectivity to Panama.

“We’re proud to provide comprehensive services to Google on this project. Leveraging existing TE SubCom infrastructure through our SubCom Global Services (SGS) options put us in position to be a true partner to them. Our role in the continued growth of global connectivity and information sharing is a point of substantial pride for the TE SubCom team,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom.

With Curie, Google become the first major non-telecom company to build a private intercontinental cable.

By deploying their own private subsea cable, they help improve global connectivity while providing value to their customers. Owning the cable themselves has some distinct benefits. Since they control the design and construction process, they can fully define the cable’s technical specifications, streamline deployment and deliver service to users and customers faster. Also, once the cable is deployed, they can make routing decisions that optimize for latency and availability.

Curie will be the first subsea cable to land in Chile in almost 20 years. Once deployed, Curie will be Chile’s largest single data pipe. It will serve Google users and customers across Latin America.

The cable system is named in honor of science pioneer Marie Skłodowska Curie, the Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. The two-time Nobel Prize winner served as an inspiration for the project with her dedication to scientific discovery and the dissemination of knowledge.