Google plans to expand undersea cables

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Google has started 2018 by splashing the cash on its cloud infrastructure business, with five new data centres to add to the map and three subsea cables.

Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in 1Q18 with L.A., Finland, and Hong Kong to follow.

Now, however, Google is also developing one private cable that will run from Los Angeles to Chile.

The company has not specified the total amount of these investments but recalls having spent 30 billion euros in its infrastructure over the last three years. The current share price indicates that stock is 1.03% away from its one year high and is moving 39.23% ahead of its 52-week low.

Google says it would add five regions and build three new submarine cables as it expands its infrastructure for cloud customers.

Google is also working with Facebook, subsea network manufacturer Aqua Comms, and industrial group Bulk Infrastructure on the Havfrue cable, which will connect the USA east coast to Denmark and Ireland. And once deployed, Google will be in a better position to make routing decisions based on latency and availability.

These ventures increase Google's investments in subsea cables to 11 which they directly own, in addition to numerous others which they lease.

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By deploying our own private subsea cable, we help improve global connectivity while providing value to our customers.

It's a pretty big day for Google, as the company has announced a major expansion to the infrastructure that drives its Cloud network. This investment means faster and more reliable connectivity Google users and partners, it claims, such as PayPal.

Overall, the Google network has over 100 points of presence and over 7,500 edge caching nodes. A third, simply known as the "Hong Kong-Guam" cable, will be built with the help of telecom companies and connect, you guessed it, Hong Kong and Guam.

Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and SC. That cable, called Marea, was completed in late 2017.

The system now has a greater total capacity than any other undersea cable, Google SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle revealed in a blog post.

Mr. Shivananda said the payments processor was impressed by Google's consistently fast connections.

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