> The cable, called Firmina, will be the longest cable in the world, Google said in a blog post, adding that it will run from the East Coast of the United States to Las Toninas, Argentina, with additional landings in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.
This is a misquote from the original https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/infrastructure/announ... :
> Firmina will be the longest cable in the world capable of running entirely from a single power source at one end of the cable if its other power source(s) become temporarily unavailable—a resilience boost at a time when reliable connectivity is more important than ever.
As you would expect, TRANSPAC is much longer:
> 1995 No.5 Trans-Pacific Cable Network(TPC-5) (Laid cable length: approx.2,958 km)
Is it basically multiple cables that connect to the same exchange onshore?
Or is there a router "at sea" where the cables fork?
Or does some of the cable from the US terminates in Brazil, some terminate in Punta del Este, ...
When companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft build cables do they ever let people besides themselves use it for a price? It would be unfortunate if millions of people had no choice but to use Google etc services because they were the only ones that performed well enough.
Meanwhile, the big content providers are using two thirds of the bandwidth. It seems like if everyone suddenly switched to something else then that would cause a lot of disruption, but not if the change is gradual.
Most of these cables are built in partnership with other companies, often including major transit providers.
Others are Google exclusive, and they do not currently sell capacity to my knowledge.
> the cable will carry traffic quickly and securely between North and South America, giving users fast, low-latency access to Google products such as Search, Gmail and YouTube, as well as Google Cloud services.
See also: Internet transit agreements
Given the strategic importance of such things, I hope there are good regulations in place.
I'm sure you'll get a bunch of "related" videos on YouTube after watch them.
Getting your android phone a better connection to Google/Facebook is probably more empowering to Google than you.
The glass half-full. Of course there are problems with what they're doing and they're definitely not being altruistic. But IMO the benefits outweigh the costs.
Faster internet access for developing countries? Sign me up.
I'm flabbergasted - I come to expect more nuance from HN, and all I'm seeing in this thread is "to hell with this potentially great thing, because fuck the great evils Google and Facebook".