TE SubCom to build 10,000km Curie subsea cable

TE SubCom has been awarded the contract to build Google’s Curie subsea cable system, which will connect the US to Chile and includes a branching unit for future connectivity to Panama.

TE SubCom will design, deploy and launch the submarine cable system for Google between North and South America and the Curie submarine cable will link Los Angeles, California, and Valparaiso, Chile, via a high capacity intercontinental cable.

“We’re proud to provide comprehensive services to Google on this project. Leveraging existing TE SubCom infrastructure through our SubCom Global Services (SGS) options put us in position to be a true partner to them. Our role in the continued growth of global connectivity and information sharing is a point of substantial pride for the TE SubCom team,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom.

The news follows Google's cloud division unveiling its participation in three new subsea cables that will service five new regions as part of a $30 billion investment into its infrastructure. The Curie system will add dedicated capacity to Google’s global network, enabling interconnection to other infrastructure in the region. 

The four fibre-pair Curie cable system, named after physicist and chemist Marie Curie, will make Google the first major non-telecom company to build a private intercontinental cable. Google claims it will be the first new cable to land in Chile in almost 20 years, and will become the largest single data pipe connecting the country. 

The Curie cable system is set to go live in 2019.

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