Google Reveals Plans for Brazil from New Engineering Center to Submarine Cable

Google announced earlier this month that it will invest US$1.2 billion in Latin America over the next five years. This Tuesday (14), the technology giant gave more details about what exactly will be the destination of these resources in Brazil – a country that is among its three largest markets.

The novelties range from a new center and new engineering vacancies to yet another submarine cable, through scholarships and the arrival in the country of the Duplex virtual assistant and the Google Wallet digital wallet. They were presented during the Google for Brazil event.

“The focus of this investment for Latin America is in the areas that can make a difference over the years. We will have resources for digital infrastructure, for training people, for developing digital skills, for entrepreneurship and to foster more inclusive and sustainable communities”, said Fabio Coelho, president of Google Brazil.

New center and engineering jobs
Google opened its first Brazilian engineering center in Belo Horizonte in 2005, focusing mainly on its search products. The technology giant announced on Tuesday that it will have a second engineering center in the country. The headquarters will be at the Technological Research Institute (IPT), which develops innovations for public and private companies within the campus of the University of São Paulo (USP).

So, Google will have three Brazilian engineering pillars: the headquarters in Belo Horizonte, the headquarters in Sao Paulo, and remote work for the rest of the country.

“We have a very large business density in Brazil. The possibility of having two engineering offices around here was natural and explicit, one in Belo Horizonte and the other in São Paulo. We saw the attractiveness of the region and the technical and economic feasibility to be engaged in this project within one of the largest universities in the world. We are sure that we will have access to an excellent workforce,” said Coelho.

Conversations between Google and IPT began in 2019. At the time, the institute began to implement the then new legal framework for science, technology and innovation within its campus. “Our goal with the milestone was to bring the market further and step up our innovations. We have 15 companies installed today. Google arrives with a product development center and opportunities for both parties, from the connection between professionals and laboratories to the development of workforce and startups”, said Flavia Motta, director of the IPT. Other IPT partner companies are Gerdau, Klabin, Lenovo, Siemens and Vale.

Google did not disclose how much the investment in the new engineering center will be. The work is expected to be completed in 2024, as part of the IPT Open Experience innovation complex, which has more than 120,000 m² of built area. The space will have 7 thousand m² and capacity for 400 employees.

This new engineering center will even house engineers who have just arrived at Google. In January of this year, the technology giant announced that it would hire 200 more engineering professionals by the end of 2023. “We are working for much more than that, which is shown by the fact that only the capacity of the new engineering center exceeds these hirings. . The country’s potential is very clear and our interest is to invest large numbers”, stated Berthier Ribeiro-Neto, Google’s engineering director for Latin America.

The hires that will work in this space will be for engineers specialized in privacy and online security. “We will have products created here in São Paulo, which will later go global. We will work first in areas such as cybersecurity, using technologies such as machine learning and reverse engineering. But the idea is for this center to become multidisciplinary over time,” said Eduardo Tejada, senior director of engineering at Google.

Another submarine cable from Google
Google also announced that it will build a new submarine cable passing through Brazilian territory. Called Firmina, the cable should start operating in the year 2023. The objective is to improve the speed of internet access and reduce latency for the consumption of Google products.

“It is part of our strategy to invest in our own submarine cables. Google is known for its software, but hardware initiatives are also essential for the amount of data that travels through our platforms. This investment guarantees a more exclusive route and will improve the experience of search, email and other Google services in the country”, said Marco Bravo, head of Google Cloud Brazil.

The technology giant’s cloud computing area has invested BRL 1.6 billion in technical infrastructure in the country over the last five years. Google already had three other submarine cables here: Junior, which runs from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo; the Tannat, from Santos to Maldonado (Uruguay); and Monet, from Boca Raton (Florida) to Santos. The investment value of Google Clo.


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