Facebook has teamed up with Microsoft to build an undersea internet cable, which runs from the US to Spain. The fibreoptic cable dubbed Marea, meaning ‘Tide’ in Spanish, is expected to stretch from Virginia on America’s east coast to Bilbao, in the Basque Country, across around 4,100 miles of seabed. After which data passing through the cable will then be shuttled forward through existing links to other continents such as Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the rest of Europe.
The cable will feature a bandwidth of 160 terabits per second, According to The Independent that’s “Around 8.5 million times more than the average UK home internet connection”. While announcing the project, Microsoft global network director Frank Rey said:
We’re seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 265, Skype, Xbox Live and Microsoft Azure.
“As the world continues to move towards a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to building out the unprecedented level of global infrastructure required to support ever faster and even more resilient connections to our cloud services.”
The cable will be operated and managed by Telxius, a firm owned and controlled by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica. Although It’ll be able to sell access to the cable to other companies, Facebook and Microsoft will get the best treatment, and also a better share of the available bandwidth. This kind of capacity will help the two companies improve the speed and reliability of their services also with this both companies will be able to move vast amounts of data across the world more easily.
It will be up and running at the end of 2017, once this is completed, it’ll be the highest-capacity cable in the Atlantic Ocean.
Microsoft Corporation, founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4th 1975, is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services. It is the world’s largest software maker by revenue, and one of the world’s most valuable companies.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.