Google has helped to forge another consortium submarine cable, but this time it's heading into the southern hemisphere. The internet giant is teaming up with Brazil's Algar Telecom, Uruguay's Antel, and Angola's Angola Cables to build a system between Brazil and the US.
The currently un-named cable (though I'm sure they have one) will hook up Boca Raton in Florida with Brazil's Fortaleza and Santos, adding a theoretical 64Tbps of capacity across some six fiber pairs. TE SubCom has the contract for the construction of the cable, which is starting immediately and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
And if you're wondering how this particular set of four companies got together, so am I. But shaking up the established order of the world of submarine cables is Google's purpose here, forging new pathways for its future business. The farthest flung member, Angola Cables, has been working on an Africa-South America link for some time. This would give them a leg onward to the US mainland.