US giant Google announced Tuesday the opening of nearly half a dozen data centers and the installation of three new submarine cables in 2018 and 2019, to strengthen its cloud computing infrastructure.
“We’ll open our Netherlands and Montreal regions in the first quarter of 2018, followed by Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong – with more to come. Then, in 2019 we’ll commission three subsea cables: Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, a consortium cable connecting the U.S. to Denmark and Ireland; and the Hong Kong-Guam Cable system (HK-G), a consortium cable interconnecting major subsea communication hubs in Asia,” detailed on the blog of the company Ben Treynor Sloss, vice president in charge of infrastructure at Google.
The company has not specified the total amount of these investments but recalls having spent 30 billion euros in its infrastructure over the last three years.
The cable linking Chile to California, called “Curie” in honor of Marie Curie, will be “the main data conduit from or to Chile,” said Sloss.
“By deploying our own private subsea cable, we help improve global connectivity while providing value to our customers,” Sloss continued, explaining the reason behind the new investments. “Owning the cable ourselves has some distinct benefits. 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. Also, once the cable is deployed, we can make routing decisions that optimize for latency and availability,” he added.
In total, Google will have installed seven new submarine cables in 2018 and 2019. The company had already announced plans to link Singapore to Australia via Indonesia, Hong Kong to Los Angeles, and install two more cables from Brazil and Uruguay to Florida.