The Google team announced Firmina, a submarine cable that will connect the United States with Argentina.
The objective of this new initiative is to ensure access to Google’s services and products in South America with the best connectivity conditions. With this new project, Google has already deployed 16 submarine cables in different parts of the world.
This new submarine cable, to be developed by Google, has several particularities:
It will extend from the east coast of the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with additional extensions to land in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. Firmina will be the world’s longest cable capable of running on a single power source at one end of the cable if its other power sources are temporarily unavailable.
As mentioned by the Google team, the dynamics of this submarine cable ensures the connectivity and reliability of the network in almost any scenario, as it will have the ability to work with a single power source from one end only, until the rest of the resources can recover from a temporary interruption.
Considering the dimensions of this project, implementing this particular power supply capability is a milestone, and makes it the longest submarine cable in the world with this connectivity dynamic.
The first activities to start this project will begin this year, and they expect to complete it by 2023. An initiative that will contribute to the access to Google’s services in South America:
With 12 fiber pairs, the cable will transport traffic quickly and securely between North and South America, providing users with fast, low-latency access to Google products such as search, Gmail, and YouTube, as well as Google Cloud services.