Google is planning to further expand its cloud infrastructure, including five new regions as well as laying of three new undersea fibre network cables to expand its communications capacity.
This comes after it invested around $30 billion over the past three years on expanding its cloud computing, data centre and communications infrastructure.
According to Reuters, the company is looking to bring its cloud infrastructure to new areas of the world in a bid to cater for more cloud customers and to fend off competition from Microsoft and Amazon.
Google says that it will open new regions in the Netherlands and Montreal, Canada in the first quarter of this year, followed by Los Angeles in California, Finland, and Hong Kong. However, the company hasn't revealed a timeline for these subsequent location openings.
It already has a UK region and several direct cable links between the US and the UK.
Ben Treynor Sloss, vice president of Google 24/7, announced the news in a blog post. "At Google, we've spent $30 billion improving our infrastructure over three years, and we're not done yet," he said.
"From data centres to subsea cables, Google is committed to connecting the world and serving our cloud customers, and today we're excited to announce that we're adding three new submarine cables, and five new regions."
The three subsea communications cables will be laid next year. Named after prestigious scientist Marie Curie, the first cable is called Curie and will connect Chile to Los Angeles.
The second one, Havfrue, will connect the US to Ireland and Denmark. Meanwhile, a Hong Kong-Guam cable will connect communication hubs in Asia. Guam is a US island territory in Micronesia, midway between Japan and Papua New Guinea.
Treynor Sloss added that in 2019, Google would commission three subsea cables:
- Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles;
- The Havfrue cable (Havfrue is Danish for 'mermaid') will connect the US to Denmark and Ireland; and,
- The Hong Kong-Guam Cable system (HK-G), will connect major subsea communication hubs in Asia.
Google will work with Tokyo, Japan-based NEC and TE SubCom on the cables. Overall, it has plans to build eleven across the world over the next few years. Subsea cables play an important role in worldwide communications and carry much of the world's data traffic.
Treynor Sloss continued: "Together, these investments further improve our network - the world's largest - which by some accounts delivers 25 per cent of worldwide internet traffic."
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