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Google's new Firmina subsea cable will connect North and South America


What just happened? Google is building a new subsea cable that will link the East Coast of the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with branches in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay. Once complete, the Firmina cable will be the longest in the world that is capable of running entirely from a single power source at one end of the cable.

Bikash Koley, VP of global networking for Google Cloud, described this feature as a “resilience boost at a time when reliable connectivity is more important than ever.”

What’s the secret to Firmina’s single-ended power feeding feat? More juice. Koley said the cable will be supplied with 20 percent more voltage than previous cables.

Firmina will feature 12 fiber pairs capable of securely carrying traffic between North and South America, allowing users to quickly access various Google products like YouTube, Gmail and search. It is ...


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