A US company has been awarded a $600m contract to help build the world’s most advanced internet infrastructure.
Google is building a network of fiber optic cables between the US and Europe and a fibre-optic network that will carry internet service across the entire continent.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) awarded the contract to Texas-based Cisco Systems on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Google, the world leader in internet access, said the fibre-to-the-node network would be “the backbone” for internet access for Europe and other parts of the world.
“This project will enable Google Fiber to deliver broadband services across the Americas, South America and parts of Asia, and will enable millions of Internet-connected customers to connect to the cloud,” Google said in a statement.
“The fiber-to.the-home (FTTH) network will enable a much greater number of users to connect and to connect more often than today, and also help to build and scale an infrastructure that is both scalable and flexible.”
The US Department of Energy (DOE) is the lead contractor on the project.