Google Announces 4th Underwater Network Cable

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain will shortly become connected by an enhanced undersea network cable. It’ll be a significant upgrade from the existing lines that’ve been in use for decades, with this undersea network cable being privately funded & owned by Google. Their announcement confirmed that new technologies are being incorporated to account for future innovations with internet & data speeds. Google confirmed that completion of their latest network cable project will be 2020.

Google announcing an enhanced undersea data line is substantial for future communication infrastructures, with these cables maintaining 98% of the world’s data under Google estimates. Typically, data lines are manufactured by communication firms. Multiple companies collect resources & then charge largescale corporations a premium to access these network cables. Google avoids these expansive costs by developing exclusive data lines, effectively stealing these communication firm’s business strategy.

Details regarding which network hubs these network cables will connect to weren’t provided. However, Google clarified that the official name of its latest data line is “Grace Hopper”. It’s named after a Naval Admiral & American Computer Scientist, with this woman effective in advancing military campaigns while innovating new technologies.

Telecoms Analysts John Delaney from IDC clarified the premise behind Google’s network cable strategy. He’d emphasize that transatlantic bandwidth is increasing at substantial amounts, forcing delays in speed for numerous internet providers. That’s because available transatlantic bandwidth becomes used at greater volumes with growing populations in Europe & North America. John Delaney clarified that Google creating this network cable will create optimal conditions for speed, applying primarily to mobile bandwidths.

Outdated Tech

It’s not surprising that Google have elected to manufacture an upgraded underwater network cable, with the previous 750+ thousand miles of cable having primarily run their lifespans. Lifespans of underwater data lines are limited by heavy currents, earthquakes, volcanic activity, and marine wildlife. Their lifespan typically sustains 25 years. Most of these cables have operated for more than three decades & corrosion is beginning to cause multiple maintenance issues. Developing upgraded network cables that maintain sophisticated technologies could prolong these underwater lines lifespans.