Google announced a new submarine cable, Grace Hopper, which will run across the United States, United Kingdom and Spain, and will provide further support for the network hosting the company’s business and consumer products.
Submarine cables make up a vast network that crosses the ocean to send and receive information around the world “at the speed of light.” Currently, 98 per cent of international Internet traffic flows through these cables.
Once operational, Grace Hopper will be one of the first new cables to connect the United States and the United Kingdom since 2003, increasing global capacity and driving Google services like Meet, Gmail, and Google Cloud.
It is also Google’s first investment in a submarine cable route to Spain, which in this case will reach Bilbao, which further integrates the next Google Cloud region in Madrid into the global infrastructure.
The Grace Hopper cable will be equipped with 16 pairs of fibres (32 fibres), representing a significant upgrade to the Internet infrastructure that currently connects the United States and Europe. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, as Google Global Network Vice President Bikash Koley reports, in a statement sent to Europa Press.
In addition, Grace Hopper will be “the first submarine cable in the world” to use fiber optic switching technology, which improves the reliability of global communications, making it possible to better move traffic in the event of outages.
This cable is named after computer pioneer Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906-1992), known for her work on one of the early linkers (compilers), which was instrumental in the development of the COBOL programming language. She is also credited with having found a real “bug” in a program; her team traced the source of a short circuit in the Harvard Mark II computer to a moth trapped in a panel.