Google announced its plan of connecting the United States of America (USA) with South American countries by constructing an Open subsea cable. The subsea cable was named as “Firmina” honouring Brazil’s 1st poet ‘Maria Firmina dos Reis’.
i.It is the World’s longest subsea cable, which is capable of fully operating through a single power source, in case if other power sources become temporarily unavailable
ii.Firmina will be connecting the East Coast of the USA with Las Toninas, Argentina, and additional landings in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Key Features of Firmina:
- Uses 12 pairs of Fibre Optic Cables to carry high speed data traffic with utmost data security
- Longest ever cable to feature single-end power feeding capability
- Provides low-latency to Google services
Other Subsea Cables by Google:
With Firmina, Google has invested in 16 subsea cable projects including – Dunant (Connects US with Europe), Equiano (Connects Portugal with Africa) and Grace Hopper (Connects – US, UK & Spain)
Note – Dunant submarine cable system is capable of delivering data at 250 Tbps (Terabits per second)
Recent Related News:
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (Jio), constructs the largest international submarine cable system – India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) and India-Europe-Xpress (IEX).
It is the 1st time in history of Fiber optic submarine telecommunications that India will be at the centre of the International network map.
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