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Google Plans First Fiber-Optic Network Between Saudi Arabia and Israel

Added 11-24-20 04:20:02pm EST - “Google is planning a fiber-optic network that will connect Saudi Arabia and Israel through internet traffic for the first time as part of a larger project sending signals from Europe to India.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Google Plans First Fiber-Optic Network Between Saudi Arabia and Israel - Washington Free Beacon”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Google is planning a fiber-optic network that will connect Saudi Arabia and Israel through internet traffic for the first time as part of a larger project sending signals from Europe to India.

The project, called the Blue Raman internet cable route, will run 5,000 miles and could cost up to $400 million, a Dubai-based telecommunications company told the Wall Street Journal. The project aims to circumvent internet traffic going through Egypt, which charges outsized fees to telecommunications companies for connections traveling between Europe and India.

This alternate route could bring together Israel and Saudi Arabia, two historic adversaries, economically and politically. Neither country has formally opened channels of communication, but a flurry of peace deals that the United States brokered between Israel and other Gulf countries opens the door to economic arrangements.

"In any place where you can lay down cables overland or undersea, you also create mutual interests," he said in an interview.

Hendel downplayed concerns about data breaches, saying Israel "knows how to defend its infrastructure and its data."

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