Google has announced a new privately owned subsea cable project. The Dunant cable is meant to support the company’s cloud infrastructure expansions, and will run from Virginia Beach in the U.S. to the French Atlantic coast.
Dunant is Google’s second cable after Curie project, and the internet giant is also involved with several other consortiums. This new cable is designed to bring low latency, high-bandwidth connections across the Atlantic ocean; which sees some of the most network traffic in the world.
More importantly, it is Google that will have exclusive access to this connection. Allowing the internet giant to make its own services more reliable in Europe. That said, the construction of Dunant is not expected to be completed before 2020.
Google is involved in several other subsea cable projects across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. In most of these cases it is operating as part of a consortium; working in conjunction with other companies. For instance, the Indigo cable system that links Singapore, Indonesia, and Australia.
[Source: Google Blog]