The city that is synonymous with the internet in the Partido de la Costa and in Argentina, Las Toninas, will receive a new international submarine cable. Google announced the construction of Firmina, which will link the east coast of the United States with the seaside resort, with additional land extensions in Praia Grande, Brazil, and Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Firmina “will be the first cable in the world that, despite its long distance, is able to run completely on a single power source at one end of the cable, in case its other energy sources are temporarily unavailable, “they said from the technology giant. This is key to giving more reliability and stability to the connection.
At the same time, the cable must carry a high-voltage electrical current supplied by stations with earthed connections at each end, which power amplifiers on the seabed that increase optical light at intervals of about 100 kilometers.
“In this way, Firmina will provide a boost to network resilience in a context in which the reliability of connectivity is more important than ever,” explained the company.
The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic further boosted the use of digital services by people and companies. In this context, Firmina will contribute to improve the connectivity of all users and companies who use Google products in South America. With 12 pairs of fiber optics, the cable will transport traffic quickly and safely between North America and South America, giving users fast, low-latency access to Google products such as Search, Gmail, and YouTube. Google Cloud services.
“The announcement and confirmation by Google of the construction of this submarine cable, which also has a woman’s name and is called Firmina, is very well received by the Argentine Government. We celebrate the investment and commitment of international companies in terms of infrastructure, strengthening and increased connectivity, not only in Argentina but also throughout the region ”, said Micaela Sánchez Malcolm, secretary of Public Innovation.
“We are very happy to mark a new milestone in terms of connectivity: Firmina will have the ability to draw power from only one end of the cable, despite its extensive route, reinforcing the reliability of our network. This year the reconnaissance activities of the submarine bed will begin. We estimate that the works will be completed so that the cable is ready in 2023, ”said Cristian Ramos, Google’s Infrastructure Development Manager.
The name Firmina was chosen in honor of Maria Firmina dos Reis (1825-1917), a Brazilian author and abolitionist “whose 1859 novel, Úrsula, describes the life of Afro-Brazilians under slavery. A mestizo and intellectual woman, Firmina is considered the first Brazilian novelist, ”the company said in a statement.