According to Telecom Ramblings and Telegeography, Google is teaming up with Brazil’s Algar Telecom, Uruguay’s Antel, and Angola’s Angola Cables to build a undersea cable system between Brazil and the US. The Brazil-US cable is expected to be ready for service by the end of 2016.
The planned Brazil-US cable will hook up Boca Raton in Florida with Brazil’s Fortaleza and Santos, with six fiber pairs and a total design capacity of 64 Tbps.
Google just announced the investment of the US$300 million FASTER trans-pacific submarine cable in August, partnered with China Mobile, China Telecom, KDDI, Singtel and TIME dotcom. Google participated in two other submarine cable systems, Unity connecting Japan and the west coast of the US, and South-East Asia Japan Cable System (SJC) connecting 7 Asian countries and regions including Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand.
The Brazil-US cable would mark as the fourth Google’s Cable. When Google entered into the cable games for Unity, there are constrait conditions for Google on the use of the capacity over Unity. For the fourth and even the third Google's cables, Google seems obviously the leading member in the consortiums, without constraints.
Google is now a key investor in the submarine cable industry, and also one of the main factors driving the cable capacity price down. With my observation, the price of capacity over a Google-invested submarine cable would be much lower than that of other cable on the similar route. For example, when you comparing the capacity prices of Unity with those of Japan-US CN or PC-1, the capacity price of Unity would be 30%-50% lower.
The US-Brazil bandwidth price is of extremely high compared with other routes. According to Telegeography, purchasing capacity on the US-Brazil route costs eight-to-ten times more than capacity from London to New York.
It can be expected, Google’s investment in the Brazil-US cable will drive down the bandwidth price between Brazil and the US substantially.