Microsoft, Facebook Joins To Build High-Capacity Internet Cable Across Atlantic
Microsoft and Facebook announced Thursday to be laying a high-capacity internet cable across the Atlantic to meet growing demand for high speed as well as reliable connections.
The cable is reported to run 3,750 miles between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain. The teaming project of the two tech giant is scheduled to begin in August this year and expected to complete by October 2017.
The project is dubbed as Marea, Spanish word for tide, and is expected to carry about 160 terabits per second speed. It will be operated by Telxius as its parent company Telefonica has good experience of work with subsea cables.
Microsoft believes it can expand its services like Bing, Skype, Xbox Live, Office 365 and Microsoft Azure after the completion of the project.
The company said, “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.”
On the other hand Facebook will use the new cable infrastructure in pushing vast amounts of information betwen the data centers of its 1.6 billion members, which is expanding at good speed.