Google, along with partner SubCom, announced today that the company’s privately owned Dunant submarine cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast is now operational.
Google first announced this project, which was named after the first Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, in mid-2018. long cable between continents, project managers probably did not budget for a pandemic at the time.
The nearly 4,000-mile-long cable has a total capacity of 250 terabits per second – or enough to transmit the “entire digitized Library of Congress three times every second”
“Google is dedicated to meeting the exploding demand for cloud services and online content that continues unabated,” said Mark Sokol, senior director of infrastructure, Google Cloud. With record-breaking capacity and transfer speeds, Dunant will help users access content wherever they are, and complement one of the busiest routes on the Internet to support the growth of Google Cloud. Dunant is a remarkable achievement that would not have been possible without the dedication of both SubCom and Google’s employees, partners and suppliers, who overcame several challenges this year to make this system a reality. “
With Dunant now operational, the next live Google cable will be the Grace Hopper cable between New York and Europe, with landing sites in Bilbao, Spain and Bude, UK. Google first announced this new cable, which it is also building in partnership with SubCom, in July last year. It is expected to go online in 2022 and will contain a total of 16 fiber pairs.
In addition, Google is also building the Equiano cable from South Africa to Portugal. This cable will go online later this year.
In addition to its privately owned cables, Google is also a partner in a number of consortia that come together to build cable systems.