Google expands network adding new regions and subsea cables

Google expands network adding new regions and subsea cables

In addition to new cables, Google will also be opening data centers in five new regions this year.

Alphabet-owned Google said it will open its Netherlands and Montreal regions in the first quarter of 2018, followed by L.A., Finland and Hong Kong. Havfrue, which will connect the United States to Denmark and Ireland, will actually be the product of a partnership between Google, Facebook, Aqua Comms, and Bulk Infrastructure. This cable, called Havfrue - Danish for mermaid - will be built by TE SubCom and is expected to come online by the end of 2019. It will be the first new cable to land in Chile in nearly 20 years, and will become the largest single data pipe connecting the country, Google claims.

The cables will run thousands of miles, stretching from the U.S.to parts of Europe and South America. Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) have also investing in a mix of undersea cables and data centers to boost availability and reduce lag time for their cloud services.

Google Cloud's current global network covers 100 points of presence and 7500 edge-catching nodes. Since Google controls the design and the construction of the cable, the company has full say over the technical specifications, he noted.

The subsea cables will run across different routes. Microsoft and Facebook worked together to build a massive oversea data cable connecting Virginia Beach in the USA to Bilbao, Spain.

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Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and SC.

Meanwhile, Google is building Havfrue with Facebook, Aqua Comms and Bulk Infrastructure, and working with RTI-C and NEC on the HK-G cable system. These investments are created to help improve connectivity around the world, and will help Google expand its reach and the availability of its cloud services.

Google now has a direct investment in 11 under-sea cables and it leases capacity on several others. As of now, Google has 15 regions sub-divided into 44 zones.

PayPal is one company that will leverage Google's network and infrastructure. Google is also invested in Indigo which connects Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore, and PLCN which connects Hong Kong and Los Angeles, both of which will also enter service in 2019.

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