Orange and Google have announced collaboration on the 6,600km Dunant submarine cable connecting the United States to the French Atlantic coast.
The Dunant submarine cable aims to launch services late 2020.
Dunant will help address the huge demand for data flows and provide quicker and more efficient connections for both Orange and Google customers, Orange explained.
As the French landing partner, Orange will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide the backhaul service to Paris. In parallel, Orange will benefit from fiber-pairs with a capacity of more than 30Tbp/s per pair.
Dunant will be the first new submarine cable connecting the United States to France in more than 15 years and will be designed to combine the most advanced technologies from different global equipment providers.
Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange, said: “I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a new, cutting-edge cable between the USA and France. The role of submarine cables is often overlooked, despite their central role at the heart of our digital world. I am proud that Orange continues to be a global leader in investing, deploying, maintaining and managing such key infrastructure. Google is a major partner for Orange and this project reflects the spirit of our relationship.”