On Wednesday, Google announced that Alphabet Inc. built an undersea cable that would connect the United States, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, to strengthen Internet connectivity between these regions.
The cable, called Firmina, is the longest cable in the world, Google added in a blog post that it will run from the east coast of the United States to Privia Grande, Brazil with additional landings in Las Toninas, Argentina, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Firmina will improve access to Google services for South America users in Latin America. With 12 fiber pairs, the cable will carry traffic rapidly and securely between North and South America, giving users high, low-latency access to Google products such as Search, Gmail and YouTube, as well as Google Cloud Services, said Google.
The announcement also comes amid a surge in demand for internet and cloud services as the COVID - 19 - pandemic has pushed more work, shopping and entertainment to online.