Telxius announced it joins Google on the Firmina subsea cable system. Firmina will connect the East Coast of the USA to Las Toninas (Argentina), with additional landings in Praia Grande (Brazil) and Punta del Este (Uruguay). Telxius will subsequently host Firmina in its Santos digital hub in Brazil.
The Firmina cable system is privately owned and invested by Google through its subsidiary GU Holdings Inc, contracted with DC BLOX, Telxius, ANTEL and Lumen as landing service providers in the U.S., Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina respectively. Its main trunk between the U.S. and Argentina consists of 16 fiber pairs, with a system capacity of 240Tbps.
As reported by BNamericas, Google started the marine installation of the Firmina submarine cable offshore Praia Grande city on November 17 and are expected to last 10 days depending on weather conditions. São Paulo state environmental review agency Cetesb granted Google an environmental permit for the landing in August.
Telxius customers will benefit from three redundant routes between the US and Brazil (Firmina, Brusa, SAm-1) as well as three redundant routes extending to Argentina (Firmina, Tannat, SAm-1). These routes bolster the Telxius network’s resilience, ensuring robust and low-latency connectivity spanning the Americas. Together, these network routes will increase international connectivity and are expected to boost the digital economy, opening new opportunities for businesses.
The Telxius network has been designed to connect the main digital data hubs on both sides of the Atlantic with a multiterabit, robust set of next-generation subsea cables fully serving the Americas and Europe while enhancing Telxius traditional routes. The Telxius network spans over 100,000 km of submarine and terrestrial fiber, including eight next-generation subsea systems: Marea, Brusa, Dunant, Tannat, Junior, Mistral, Tikal, and now Firmina. Telxius also has a Tier-1 international IP network (AS 12956) offering direct Internet connectivity to major carriers and ISPs, with a capacity of more than 20 Tbps plus a wide-ranging portfolio of capacity, colocation and security services across the globe.