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Google’s huge submarine cable that will connect Spain with the United States and the United Kingdom is already in Bilbao

In the middle of last year Google announced Grace Hopper, a huge submarine cable that will connect Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. The objective is for this cable to be fully operational by 2022 and today it is already a little closer, since Grace Hopper has arrived in Bilbao.

This has been confirmed by Google through its official blog. In the publication, the company assures that Grace Hopper has already arrived in Sopelana (Bilbao) and that the mooring has been carried out under the direction of Telxius (Telefónica). According to Google, the cable “will increase the capacity and power of Google services, and improve the overall European telecommunications infrastructure.”

6,000 kilometers of cable

Submarine cable
Submarine cable

Although we are more than used to connecting to the Internet wirelessly, the truth is that the world is connected through the seabed. There we find more than a billion meters of cable that have been installed since 1886 and Google is one of the main protagonists: 14 large cables and more than 112,000 kilometers.

Grace Hopper is one of these great cables. It will cross more than 6,000 kilometers to connect Shirley (New York) with Bude (United Kingdom) and Bilbao (Spain). It is named after Grace Brewster Murray Hopper, who pioneered the world of computing and developed the first compiler for a programming language.

Grace Hopper
Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper Tour.

Is he Google’s first submarine cable that will connect Spain with the United States and its objective, they detail from the company, is to offer “better access to Google products and companies a better performance of business products such as Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace”. In local terms, it will join the future Google Cloud data region that Google will install in Madrid.

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It’s about a cable with 16 pairs of fibers and, as its main feature, it has fiber optic switching. This technology “routes the flow of data more efficiently to avoid slowdowns and outages” and allows access to resources in the cloud with less latency.

By the end of 2021, the cable is expected to be installed in Cornwall (British coast) by the end of 2021. In this way, it will become the first cable linking Spain and the United States and one of the first to connect the UK and the US since 2003.

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