Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles cable landing station (CLS) supporting the Curie subsea cable system, the first subsea cable to Chile in the last 20 years, which is slated to go live in 2019.
The Curie subsea cable system will land directly at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange data center located in El Segundo, Calififornia.
Equinix said TeleGeography reported that in early 2018, there were approximately 448 submarine cables (an estimated 1.2 million kilometers) in service worldwide.
“And the growth of subsea cable systems continues unabated as content providers, public clouds and the Internet of Things keep pumping out massive amounts of data,” it added. “TeleGeography projects that operators could invest an additional $8.8 billion in new cables between 2018 and 2020 to keep up with the demand.”
In addition, Equinix said that along with this high growth, the makeup of subsea cable traffic is evolving with more than two-thirds of the subsea fiber cable bandwidth capacity growth comes from hyperscalers and content providers such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon.
“Equinix has played a large part in developing the next generation of submarine system landing station infrastructures to accommodate this shift by placing cable landing stations in its global data center,” the firm added. “Currently, Equinix IBX data centers are subsea cable enabled in 34 metros around the world.”