Google will create a new underwater internet cable in an attempt to speed up connectivity and satisfy demand. The infrastructure would also allow the system to be more robust, preventing any potential disruptive problems like shark damage.
This will also require additional protection beyond what is currently available on the public web; Google said. The latest cable will operate between the USA, the United Kingdom, and Spain. It is scheduled to be finished by 2022.
When completed, it will be one of the first new cables of the tech giant to connect the US and UK since 2003, helping to expand capacity and help drive some of Google's core services, such as Meet, Gmail, and Google Cloud video chat platform.
It was named after Grace Hopper, a pioneer in computer science, best known for her work on one of the first linkers or compilers. Google also noted that, when her team discovered that the early Harvard Mark II machine was damaged because a moth was stuck in a screen, she never found a real "error" in a system.
"We’re thrilled to honor Grace Hopper’s legacy of innovation by investing in the future of transatlantic communications with a state-of-the-art fibre optic cable,"
Grace Hopper joins Google's Curie, Dunant, and Equiano cables around the ocean floor, where 98 percent of the internet traffic travels around the globe.
The system will use 16 fiber pairs that Google claims is a major update to the US-European Internet network extending from New York to Bude in north-eastern Cornwall and northern Spain's Bilbao.
This is Google's first venture in a private subsea cable to the UK. It's also the first time Google has developed a Spanish subsea cable path.
"Private subsea cables allow us to plan effectively for the future capacity needs of our customers and users around the world, and add a layer of security beyond what's available over the public internet." Bikash Koley, vice president of Google Global Network added.