The undersea transatlantic communications cable was part of a new generation of lines that connect continents along the ocean floor with an additional layer of security beyond what’s available over the public internet.
September 16, 2021
A new massive undersea transatlantic communications cable — the Google data cable, called Grace Hopper, has been brought ashore on a beach in Bude, Cornwall.
Google has named it Grace Hopper after the American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral.
As reported in a leading daily — once operational, Grace Hopper would have the capacity to handle 17.5 million people streaming 4K video concurrently. The Google data cable has been laid between New York in the United States, Bilbao in Spain and Bude over several months, and is expected to be operational in 2022.
The undersea cable is about 7000 km (4,350 miles) long and is Google’s fourth privately-owned undersea data cable, which transports 98 percent of international internet traffic around the world.
An earlier attempt to land the cable in Bude failed in July because of poor weather conditions. The third leg of it was landed in Bilbao earlier this month.