Equinix Selected for Google’s Subsea Cable Landing Station

Google has selected Equinix for its Los Angeles cable landing station that will support the Curie subsea cable system to Chile. The high-capacity subsea cable, expected to go live this year, will connect in El Segundo, California at the Equinix LA4 International Business Exchange data center. “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 Equinix VP of business development Jim Poole.

“Any user of a subsea 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,” he explained.

Equinix has experience in managing cable landing stations (CLS) and has been selected as a partner in more than 25 subsea cable projects.

According to the press release, the company’s “CLS configuration is ideal for extending the backhaul capacity of a subsea cable system directly to the ecosystems of companies in its high-density IBX [International Business Exchange] 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.”

E-commerce, video streaming and artificial intelligence are areas driving the “global surge in new subsea cable construction,” explains the release. “Subsea cables are key to the Internet and global connectivity, as 99 percent of intercontinental traffic crosses a subsea cable with less than one percent of the remaining traffic carried through satellite systems.”