Google today revealed plans for a new private 6,300 subsea cable linking the UK and US, with a branch to Spain — to be completed by 2022.
The “Grace Hopper” cable will be equipped with 16 fibre pairs, which Google described as a “significant upgrade” to current internet infrastructure connecting the US with Europe. It will have a substantial 340-350 Tbps capacity.
Google dubbed it the first major new direct link between the US and UK since 2003. (The US and Spain were linked by the 200 Tbps MAREA cable in 2018: a joint project between Facebook (25%), Microsoft (25%), and Spain’s