Google's newest transatlantic subsea cable has finally been hauled ashore in Cornwall, more than a year after the megacorp revealed plans to connect the UK and US.
The arrival of the Grace Hopper cable – named after the computer science pioneer – brings the 16-fibre pair (32 fibres) Google-funded cable to Bude on the picturesque northern coast of Cornwall.
Once all plumbed in, the cable is expected to be able to carry around 340Tbps of capacity – that's about the same as 17.5 million people streaming 4K videos all at the same time.
The cable came ashore at Crooklets Beach late yesterday afternoon, just a short seaside donkey ride from GCHQ's Bude listening post on the cliffs overlooking the sea.
Those behind the project claim the investment was necessary due to the increased capacity on network infrastructure and to power Google's ever-growing services.
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