Google to build new undersea cable to connect Latin America and the U.S.

While Brazil, Chile and Argentina have signed a deal to build a submarine cable that will connect South America to Asia, Google says its LatAm-U.S. undersea cable will be the world’s longest one

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  • The cable, called Firmina, will be the longest cable in the world, Google said;
  • Brazil, Chile and Argentina already signed a contract to build another $388 million submarine cable to connect South America to Asia.

Google said on Wednesday it was building an undersea cable that would connect the United States, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, to bolster internet connection capacity between these regions.

The cable, called Firmina, will be the longest cable in the world, Google said in a blog post, adding that it will run from the East Coast of the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with additional landings in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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“Firmina will improve access to Google services for users in South America. With 12 fiber pairs, the cable will carry traffic quickly and securely between North and South America, giving users fast, low-latency access to Google products such as Search, Gmail and YouTube, as well as Google Cloud services,” Google said.

The announcement also comes amid a surge in demand for internet and cloud services as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more work, shopping and entertainment online.

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There’s another submarine fiber optic cable to be built, an initiative Chile, Brazil, and Argentina governments have signed to connect South America with Asia. The $388 million 13,180 km (8,200 mile) cable promises to boost connectivity for 270 million people on the continent.

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