Google expands network with new data centers, subsea cables

Google announces plans to open in five new regions and lay three new subsea communications links

Google also announced plans for three new undersea cables that will connect its data centers around the world. The cable, called Curie, after the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, will give Google a pipeline to Latin America consumers.

'Most importantly, PLCN will bring lower latency, more security, and greater bandwidth to Google users in the APAC region'.

Google is also working with telecommunications infrastructure company RTI Connectivity and IT manufacturer NEC Corporation on the HK-G Cable, connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

"Simply put, our cable systems provide the speed, capacity and reliability Google is known for worldwide", Sloss said in a blog post.

While the Havfrue and HK-G are infrastructure investments aimed at improving data transmission speeds for a variety of companies, the Curie cable is especially notable as it will make Google the first non-telecommunications company to build a private intercontinental cable. Owning the cable ourselves has some distinct benefits. "Since we control the design and construction process, we can fully define the cable's technical specifications, streamline deployment and deliver service to users and customers faster". We don't know when exactly Google plans to launch in those last three regions, but it says that it'll have more on tap once the roll out to all five is complete.

Google said it will open its Netherlands and Montreal regions in the first quarter of 2018, followed by Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong. Sloss noted that Google has over 100 points of presence around the world connected by a combination of subsea cables and fiber optic links.

Those who live in these regions, according to Google, should be excited.

Google now has a direct investment in 11 under-sea cables and it leases capacity on several others.

'From the get-go, PLCN is created to accommodate evolving infrastructure technology, allowing us to independently choose network equipment and refresh optical technology as it advances, ' the Google team wrote.

Its datacentre expansions suggest adoption of Google's public cloud services is showing no signs of slowing, after 2017 saw the firm opening around one new region a month to keep up with demand. When deployed, the cable will increase Google's network capacity in the Hong Kong region and deliver better performance and response times between Australia and major hubs in Asia, Treynor said.

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