Google’s Curie Subsea Cable All Set for Chile Transmission

Google’s Curie subsea cable from the United States to Chile has been successfully installed and tested.

The cable is connecting it to Google’s network, and its is expected to begin transmitting data in Q2 2020, powering Google services like Gmail, Search, YouTube and Google Cloud.

Equipped with four 18 Tbps fiber-optic pairs, Curie is 10,500 kilometers long and delivers 72 Tbps of bandwidth to South America.

Curie landed in Valparaiso last April, and was the first subsea cable to connect to Chile in 19 years. The historic landing was made possible in partnership with SubCom, which engineered, manufactured and installed the Curie system ahead of schedule.

Google is adding the first Curie branch into Panama. Once operational, this branch will enhance connectivity and bandwidth to Central America, and increase Google’s ability to connect to other networks in the region. SubCom has also been selected to supply the Curie branch to Panama.

Commissioned in 2018, Curie was Google’s third wholly-owned subsea cable. Since then, Google also commissioned Dunant, which crosses the Atlantic from the Virginia coast in the U.S. to the French coast; and Equiano, which will route from Portugal to South Africa.

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