Google to connect Virginia Beach to France with undersea data cable

Google has 125 points of presence and 13 subsea cable systems worldwide. The Dunant Cable, in red, will be completed by 2020 and will connect Virginia Beach to France (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Google)
Google has 125 points of presence and 13 subsea cable systems worldwide. The Dunant Cable, in red, will be completed by 2020 and will connect Virginia Beach to France (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Google)

VIRGINIA BEACH — What will this city and the French Atlantic coast have in common by 2020?

One very, very long cable.

Google recently announced it will be building its own 4,000-mile subsea cable, which will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach to the coast of France, according to a news release from Google.

The cable project, known as “Dunant,” will add network capacity across the Atlantic, supplementing one of the busiest routes on the internet, and supporting the growth of Google Cloud, according to the news release.

A company named TE SubCom will design, manufacture and lay the cable for Dunant, which Google said will bring secured and high-bandwidth cloud connections between the U.S. and Europe.

In keeping with the theme established with Google’s “Curie” cable project — named after scientist Marie Curie — Dunant is also named after an influential innovator, Henri Dunant.

Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross, was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Nobel Prize website.

Like Curie and Dunant, future Google private cables will follow a similar alphabetic theme, according to Google’s news release.

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