In a blog post written by Brian Quigley, VP, Global Network Infrastructure of Google Cloud, Google officially announced to build Nuvem, a new transatlantic subsea cable system to connect Portugal, Bermuda, and the United States. Google hasn't released technical details about the Nuvem cable system which is expected to be supplied by SubCom.
Named after the Portuguese word for “cloud,” Nuvem will improve network resiliency across the Atlantic, helping meet growing demand for digital services. The new cable path will add international route diversity and support the development of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure for the continents and countries involved.
Nuvem will be the first to connect Bermuda with Europe. Over the last few years, the Government of Bermuda has undertaken significant efforts to attract investment in subsea cable infrastructure and create a digital Atlantic hub — including passing new legislation to create cable corridors and streamline permitting. Nuvem will be the first cable to land under this robust environment.
Portugal has similarly become a port for subsea cables not only because of its strategic geographic location on the southwest of mainland Europe, but also because of the country’s focus on bolstering the infrastructure of the digital economy. With plans to land in Portugal, Nuvem is the latest member of Portugal’s subsea cable portfolio, which also includes Equiano, the recently-completed system that connects Portugal with Togo, Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa, and St. Helena. The Nuvem cable system is expected to land in the Sesimbra CLS where Googls's Equiano subsea cable has landed.
On the U.S. end, Nuvem will land at the Myrtle Beach CLS in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The arrival of Nuvem cable will further establish the state as a growing technology center, increasing connectivity and job diversification. Nuvem will follow in the footsteps of Google's Firmina subsea cable which landed at the same cable landing station earlier this year and that will ultimately connect with Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.
The Nuvem cable system is expected to be ready for service in 2026.
Nuvem will add capacity, increase reliability, and decrease latency for Google users and Google Cloud customers around the world. Alongside Firmina and Equiano, it will create important new data corridors connecting North America, South America, Europe, and Africa — serving as the underwater roots that strengthen the intercontinental network lattice while bringing together people and economies around the world.