Orange announced its partnership with Google on its 6,600 km Dunant submarine cable connecting the United States to the French Atlantic coast.
Orange said it will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide the backhaul service to Paris.
Orange, a global telecom operator, will benefit from fiber-pairs with a capacity of more than 30Tbp/s per pair — enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 30 microseconds. The investment in submarine cable project will enable Orange to boost its network capacity to meet growth in data and content demands between Europe and the US.
Orange will be in a position to support the development of new uses for its consumer and enterprise customers in Europe and America.
Dunant will be the first new submarine cable connecting the United States to France in more than 15 years. The Dunant cable is part of a wave of infrastructure investments by Google. These include the Curie project, its first private intercontinental cable, connecting Chile to Los Angeles.
Orange said the 6,600 km cable is scheduled to come into service in 2020 and Orange said that it would build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide land links.
Orange is a major investor in more than 40 submarine cables. “The role of submarine cables is often overlooked, despite their central role at the heart of our digital world,” Stephane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange, said.