Thursday, February 2, 2023

Google to connect Hampton Roads to France with undersea data cable

Google has 125 points of presence and 13 subsea cable systems worldwide. The Dunant Cable, in red, will be completed by 2020 and will connect Virginia Beach to France (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Google)
Google has 125 points of presence and 13 subsea cable systems worldwide. The Dunant Cable, in red, will be completed by 2020 and will connect Virginia Beach to France (WYDaily/Courtesy Google)

What will Hampton Roads and the French Atlantic coast have in common by 2020?

One very, very long cable.

Google recently announced it will be building its own 4,000-mile subsea cable, which will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach to the coast of France, according to a news release from Google.

The cable project, known as “Dunant,” will add network capacity across the Atlantic, supplementing one of the busiest routes on the internet and supporting the growth of Google Cloud, according to the news release.

A company named TE SubCom will design, manufacture and lay the cable for Dunant, which Google said will bring secured and high-bandwidth cloud connections between the U.S. and Europe.

In keeping with the theme established with Google’s “Curie” cable project — named after scientist Marie Curie — Dunant is also named after an influential innovator, Henri Dunant.

Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Prize website.

Like Curie and Dunant, future Google private cables will follow a similar alphabetic theme, according to Google’s news release.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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