MOUNTAIN VIEW, California: Google is building a subsea cable that will run from the east coast of the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with additional connections in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay, to strengthen Internet connectivity in South America.
The Firmina cable, which is named after Maria Firmina dos Reis, a Brazilian abolitionist and novelist, will be the longest cable in the world and capable of running entirely from a single power source at one end, Google said in a blog post.
"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, as quoted by Reuters.
Google's move comes amid a surge in demand for internet and cloud services due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced increasingly more people to go online for work, shopping and entertainment.
Firmina will be Google's 16th undersea cable investment, including the Curie cable connecting the U.S. and Chile and the Grace Hopper cable linking the UK and Spain.