Google has revealed plans for a groundbreaking transatlantic subsea cable system, named Nuvem, aimed at bolstering its internet infrastructure by connecting Portugal, Bermuda, and the United States. This new development seeks to enhance network resilience and cater to the surging demand for digital services.
The Nuvem subsea cable system is poised to significantly contribute to international route diversity, propelling the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure across the Atlantic. Google’s announcement marks a historic milestone, as Nuvem will be the first cable to link Bermuda with Europe, establishing Bermuda as a growing digital hub.
Walter Roban, Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, expressed enthusiasm about Nuvem, stating, “Bermuda has long been committed to the submarine cable market, and we welcome the Nuvem cable to our fast-growing digital Atlantic hub.”
Portugal, strategically positioned in southwest mainland Europe, has gained prominence as a port for subsea cables due to its geographic advantage and focused efforts to fortify the digital economy’s infrastructure. Portugal’s Minister of Infrastructure, Joao Galamba, highlighted Google’s investment as aligning with their vision, aiming to position Portugal as a robust connectivity gateway for Europe.
On the US end, Nuvem will land in South Carolina, further establishing the state as a burgeoning technology center. This strategic move is expected to augment connectivity and diversify job opportunities. Nuvem follows the successful landing of Firmina in South Carolina earlier this year, with plans to ultimately connect with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
The Nuvem subsea cable is projected to be operational by 2026, significantly increasing capacity, reliability, and decreasing latency for Google users and Google Cloud customers worldwide, marking a significant leap forward in the realm of global internet infrastructure.
Nuvem, which is expected to be ready for service in 2026, will add capacity, increase reliability, and decrease latency for Google users and Google Cloud customers around the world, Brian Quigley, VP, Global Network Infrastructure, Google Cloud, said.