It will depart from the Argentine coast and, at a depth of 4,000 meters under the Atlantic and with branches to Uruguay and Brazil, it will connect with South Carolina, USA.
Source: RT in Spanish
On Wednesday, the Government of Argentina authorized the technology company Google to install the initial section of what will be the longest submarine fiber optic cable in the world, with 13,500 kilometers longwhich will link the country with Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina, USA.
The cable will be installed from the seaside resort of Las Toninas, province of Buenos Aires, and will cross Atlantic waters 4,000 meters deepwith derivations to the cities of Punta del Este, in Uruguay, and Praia Grande, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
📢 We authorized the installation of a new submarine fiber optic cable in Las Toninas!
The Firmina cable will travel 13,500 km to the United States, which will mark a before and after in the quality and speed of the Internet so that we are more and better connected. pic.twitter.com/ZxSt9VLrtX
— ENACOM (@ENACOMArgentina) August 8, 2022
The work will improve Internet connectivity, since it will transport data traffic quickly and securely between North America and South America, with a final design capacity of 15.03 terabits per second (TB/s) for each fiber pair.
Promoted by the company Google Infraestructura SRL, this project will be carried out in response to the need to expand the installation of the fiber optic cable system, and has been called ‘Firmin’.
The authorization of the Argentine Government was carried out through the Resolution 1606/2022 of the National Communications Entity (Enacom), published this Wednesday in the Official Gazette.
The Enacom he pointed in a statement that this initiative “will matter a significant benefit” for Argentina, taking into account the growing demand for services that require more and more infrastructure capacity in terms of telecommunications, especially in the international segment.
The agency also highlighted that Firmina “will be the longest cable in the world, capable of running on a single power source at one end of the cable, in case your other power sources are temporarily unavailable.”
Google will install the longest fiber optic cable in the world. “Firmina” will connect Las Toninas 🇦🇷, Punta del Este 🇺🇾, Praia Grande 🇧🇷 and the East Coast of the United States.
Geopolitics of Technology. (thread) pic.twitter.com/rN69LtKIPU
– Leandro Ocón (@oconalf) August 9, 2022
“With 12 fiber pairs, the cable will carry traffic quickly and securely between North America and South America, which will provide fast and low latency access to Google productssuch as search, Gmail and YouTube, as well as Google Cloud services”, Enacom indicated.
the capital of the internet
Google’s will not be the first or the only fiber optic cable to be installed in Las Toninas. This small and peaceful city, with only 5,000 inhabitants who live between the countryside and the sea, is considered ‘the capital of the internet’because it houses other fiber optic channels in its waters that allow a better operation of the global network.
In 2018 there were already five operational cables there: Unisur, Sam-1, SAC, Atlantis and Bicentenario. GlobeNet and Meta joined at the end of 2021, with Malbec.
One of the reasons that makes Las Toninas the city chosen for the development of these technological infrastructures is the fact that a place with calm seas and a sandy seabed is sought, without stones that could break or damage the cable.
In addition to fulfilling these characteristics, Las Toninas is only 338 kilometers from the capital, Buenos Aires, closer than other coastal cities in the province.