SC chosen as Google’s US launch site for underwater cable

Myrtle Beach State Park | Photo by @davesdigital

Google is working to improve access to services in South America, and South Carolina has been chosen as the location to facilitate this large-scale change. 

On June 9, 2021, the company announced Firmina, the longest underwater cable in the world running from the East Coast to Argentina. This cable is the largest of its kind to operate from a single power source if another source is cut off. 

As a result, users across the continent will experience enhanced access to Google services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Search. 

Now you’re probably wondering: what does this have to do with us? Google selected the Palmetto State as Firmina’s US launch site. Not only will the connection run from the state, data will also be relayed from the company’s data centers in Moncks Corner

Let’s take a look at how Google has contributed to the local community.

  • 400 jobs created on-site.
  • $2.4 billion invested in Berekely County since the data center complex was built in 2007.
  • $2 million gifted to local nonprofits + schools in the state.
  • 50% less energy consumed at Google facilities.
  • Free downtown WiFi networks.

Aside from the global enhancements this will allow, the project will also be influential in connectivity for South Carolina and neighboring states. 

While an official timeline hasn’t been established, construction is expected to begin this year at Myrtle Beach State Park.