Google Selects Equinix for Curie Sub-Sea Cable Landing Station
by Josh Anderson
REDWOOD CITY, CA — Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles area cable landing station supporting the Curie subsea cable system, the first sub-sea cable to Chile in the last 20 years. In the U.S., the cable will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange data center located in El Segundo, CA. Google has selected Equinix due to the company’s expertise in delivering and managing cable landing stations. The Curie cable is expected to go live in 2019.
The Equinix cable landing station configuration will be ideal for extending the back-haul capacity of a sub-sea cable system directly to the ecosystems of companies in its high-density IBX data centers. This architecture greatly simplifies network design and allows cable operators easy access to a dense, rich ecosystem of networks, clouds and IT service providers. Equinix has been selected as an interconnection partner in more than 25 current sub-sea cable projects.
The rapid growth of data—from basic web browsing and e-commerce to streaming video and artificial intelligence—is helping drive a global surge in new subsea cable construction. Sub-sea cables are key to the internet and global connectivity, as 99% of intercontinental traffic crosses a sub-sea cable with less than one percent of the remaining traffic carried through satellite systems.
According to the second annual Equinix Global Interconnection Index, Interconnection Bandwidth is expected to grow more than 10 times the internet globally by 2021. Emerging market dynamics and growing digital business adoption position Latin America to be the fastest-growing region for Interconnection Bandwidth, with 59% per annum growth expected.
Furthermore, interconnection between Enterprises and Cloud and IT Providers is projected to grow 98% per annum through 2021, supporting businesses building out new digital services and migrating existing workloads to third-party cloud platforms.
“With the significant increase in global data traffic, we see corporations running global businesses demanding access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with stringent levels of reliability,” said Jim Poole, Vice President for Business Development at Equinix. “Any user of a sub-sea cable system that lands inside one of our Equinix global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of vibrant industry ecosystems inside Equinix, and that’s a huge advantage.”
About Equinix: Equinix connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. In fifty-two markets worldwide, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies.