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producing Firmina fiber-optic cables this year and installing in 2022, it will start carrying data in 2023.Google is building a new submarine cable to transmit your megabits between the eastern United States, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. The fiber-optic cable, called Firmina after Brazilian abolitionist, is scheduled to begin operating in 2023.

The Internet infrastructure is not in the cloud. It's under the ocean," said Bikash Koley, vice president of global networks at Google. Firmina is the 16th submarine cable that Google has built or invested in. “The Internet continues to grow every year. I expect the train to continue.Increasing capacity is critical to support consumer services such as search, Gmail and YouTube, and business infrastructure such as Google Cloud.

Google says about 98% of international data travels by submarine cables that cross the bottom of the oceans and seas. And Google Meet video conferencing has increased 25 times since the coronavirus pandemic.Like the daily Google Doodles, Google pays homage to famous people with its underwater cable name. The cable is named after Maria Firmina dos Reis, a multiethnic writer who wrote about the life of Afro-Brazilian slaves in her 1859 novel Úrsula.

Google also highlighted her 194 birthday with a Google doodle. In 2019, Google named its own submarine cable in alphabetical order. Most of the recently announced submarine cable is called Grace Hopper, after the pioneering computer scientist and discoverer of a real bug in early computers. “The sequence looks a little misleading,” Coley said of the naming sequence.

Previously Google cables were named Curie, Dunant and Equiano.
Google hasn't disclosed the expected data capacity of the cable. Instead, it transmits data to 12 fiber optic cables over thousands of miles. For comparison, the 16-pair Grace Hopper cable has a capacity of 250 terabits per second. with 16 pairs of fiber cables linking the United States to the United Kingdom and Spain.