Google will launch its first submarine cable to Spain, that will connect with the US and the UK, which will be ready in 2022 and that will provide greater support to the network of business and consumer products of the American technology.

This cable, called Grace Hopper, will link Shirley (New York), Bude (United Kingdom) and Bilbao, as reported by Google sources this Tuesday.

Once it’s operational, Grace Hopper will be “one of the first new cables” to connect the US and the UK since 2003, as explained.

This new cable, the investment of which has not been specified by technology, will increase the capacity of “Google Meet” services (videotelephony service), “Google Gmail” (email service) and “Google Cloud” (cloud).

This is Google’s first investment in a submarine cable route in the United Kingdom and the first route to Spain.

The cable will be equipped with 16 pairs of fibers, which is, according to the company, a “significant upgrade of the internet infrastructure that currently connects the United States and Europe.”

The contract to build the cable was signed a few months ago with Eatontown, New Jersey-based submarine cable provider SubCom, and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Optical fiber

Grace Hopper will feature a fiber optic switching system, a technology that improves the “reliability of global communications”, allowing them to better move traffic in the event of outages.

Google has assured that “it is the first submarine cable in the world to use this technology” and hopes to be able to implement it in other systems in the future.

The landing in Spain will allow the company to integrate more closely the next Google Cloud region of the technology company in Madrid – the only one in Spain – and whose date of operation has not been specified.

This region of Google Cloud will be launched after an alliance with Telefónica, which will allow the US company to use the infrastructure of the Spanish multinational.

Both companies announced this alliance last June that will allow them to accelerate the digital transformation of Spanish companies. At the moment, the company has not informed when this new cloud region will come into operation.

98% of international traffic, through submarine cables

98% of international internet traffic circulates through submarine cables, allowing information to be shared, searched, sent and received worldwide at the speed of light.

Grace Hopper joins Google’s other private submarine cables – Curie, Dunant and Equiano – that connect continents across the ocean floor.

These cables allow you to plan for the future capacity needs of your users around the world, as well as add a layer of security that goes beyond what is available on the public internet network.

The cable will be named as the computer pioneer Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (1906-1992), better known because he developed the first compiler (linker) for a programming language, which was essential for the development of cobol, a language that is still used today.