Google announces ‘Firmina’, a new submarine cable that will connect South America to the US

Google announces ‘Firmina’, a new submarine cable that will connect South America to the US

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Google has announced the construction of another submarine cable that will connect South America, through Brazil, to the United States. The infrastructure, which was named as Firmina, will streamline data traffic to access the company’s services between regions.

The new google undersea cable will tour Las Toninho beach, in Argentina, passing by Punta del Este, in Uruguay, and Praia Grande, on the coast of São Paulo.

According to Google, the Firmina it will be the first submarine cable to operate with power supply at only one end. For this, the cable has a voltage 20% higher in contrast to others of the same type.

Bikash Koley, Vice President of Global Networking, Google Cloud, said: “In a submarine cable, data is transported as light pulses inside an optical fiber. This light signal is amplified every 100 kilometers through a high voltage power source installed in the stations where the cable arrives in each country. Shorter cables take advantage of the energy available from a single end, however this is more difficult to do with longer cables with wider fiber pairs.”

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