A buoy at the end of the Grace Hopper subsea cable sits on the beach in Bude, UK.
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  • Google finished laying its Grace Hopper subsea internet cable in the UK on Tuesday.
  • The 5,310 kilometre Grace Hopper cable starts in New York and has landing points in the UK and Spain.
  • The cable is due to ferry up to 350 terabytes of data per second when it comes online, Google said.
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Google has finished laying its giant Grace Hopper subsea internet cable, which stretches from New York to the UK and Spain.

The Grace Hopper cable was landed in Bude, Cornwall, on the UK's western coast on Tuesday. A Google spokesperson told Insider that the landing was originally scheduled for July. Another end of the cable landed in Bilbao, Spain, earlier in September.

Google first announced its Grace Hopper cable project, which now spans more than 5,310 kilometres across the Atlantic, in July 2020.

Google said at that time that the cable was set to transport between 340 and 350 terabytes of data per second, or roughly equivalent to 17.5 million people simultaneously streaming 4K video.

Engineers land Google's Grace Hopper cable on the beach in Bude, UK.
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The company also said the cable would use a new technique called "fibre switching," which should make web traffic more reliable even with outages.

Google did not say when the cable would come online.

Grace Hopper isn't the only Google cable linking the US with Europe. In February, the company announced that its "Dunant" cable connecting the US with France was ready for service.

Google is invested in undersea cable projects around the world. The company said in August it had partnered with Facebook to build a new cable called "Apricot," which is planned to link six countries in Asia using 12,000 kilometres of cable.

Apricot is due to come online in 2024.

In June, Google announced plans to lay a new cable called "Firmina" running from the US West Coast down to Argentina. The company already has a cable called "Curie," which connects the US West Coast with Panama and Chile. Curie came online in 2019.

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