Google is Building a Second Intercontinental Cable of Its Own

  • The Dunant system, named after Red Cross founder and the first Nobel Peace Prize winner Henri Dunant, will connect a cable landing station in Virginia Beach – close to where Google is building a huge amount of cloud data center capacity – to a landing station somewhere along France’s west coast, relatively close to its data centers in Belgium.
  • In recent years, however, global bandwidth demand on the networks operated by the likes of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon has grown so much that the companies have found it makes financial sense in some cases to either join cable consortia together with telcos or finance their own systems.
  • Scheduled to light up sometime next year, it will connect Chile, where the company has a large concentration of its Latin American data center capacity, and Los Angeles, where a new three-data center Google Cloud availability region came online just this week.

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