FILE IMAGE: The Google logo is displayed at the entrance of the Google offices in London, united Kingdom, January 18, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Hannah McKay/File Photo
(Reuters) – the Alphabet of Google Inc. on Friday announced the formation of a new undersea cable, called “Equiano” that will connect Africa to Europe, and the increase in the value of a cloud computing infrastructure.
Equiano, fully funded by Google, is the company’s third international, a private cable.
The search engine giant, which has invested $47 billion in the improvement of the global technology infrastructure over the past three years, said: Equiano, the company is the 14th submarine cable investments in the world.
“Equiano, the first sub-sea cable to take up the optical switch and the fiber-pair level, rather than the traditional method of a wavelength-level switch,” Google said in a blog post.
Google said in a call for tenders for the construction of the cable, at Alcatel Submarine Networks, was concluded during the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first phase of the project, connecting South Africa to Portugal, and it is expected to be completed in 2021.
The company, in April, completed the “Curie” project, which is the first non-governmental, intercontinental cable, connect it from Chile to Los Angeles, california.
It was announced last year, Dunant a trans-atlantic submarine cable project between the two countries, and the United States of america. As the 6,600 km of cable is planned to come in 2020.
Submarine cables are the backbone of the internet, by getting rid of up to 99 percent of the world’s data traffic.
Reporting Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel