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11/23/2020, 4:47 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Google's Europe-India link to cover Israel, S. Arabia - report

Google LLC's project to connect Europe and India through a fiber-optic network will also directly link Israel with Saudi Arabia, bypassing Egypt to avoid the fees Cairo charges for using its land and waters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the matter.

The tech giant is reportedly competing with Facebook when it comes to expanding network capacity and is looking to finalize the endeavor to reach Microsoft Corp.'s and Amazon.com Inc.'s on-demand cloud-computing levels. Oman Telecommunications Co. and Telecom Italia SpA are Google's co-partners on the project, which is estimated to cost no more than $400 million, with the submarine cable exceeding 5,000 miles in length, according to the report.

However, the insiders warned that the plan may not be realized as the company needs the green light from several governments whose countries are located on the project's route.

Breaking the News / MS