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While owning its own cable is primarily a cost-saving measure for Google, Stronge says, it also helps the company maintain service to customers of products like Gmail in South America by making it easier for the company to mirror its U.S. data centers in in other locations.
The difference may be tiny-taking around 50 milliseconds to retrieve data from a data center in Sao Paulo and 100 milliseconds to pull it off of a server in the U.S., for example-but when users expect their connections to be speedy and seamless, it doesn't go unnoticed.
"You can feel that when you're using the Internet, " Stronge says.
That would make it 15 submarines for the 15 cables connecting the eastern U.S. to Europe (the 16th is going into operation soon).
"And if you eliminated all the trans-Atlantic connectivity, well, there's trans-Pacific connectivity you would have to address as well.
To cut all those is even more of a fanciful proposition," Stronge says.
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