Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build MAREA. A new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic.
4,100-mile Internet cable system will pass through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. This will make it easier to send and download data between nations on opposite sides of the world.
Cable construction will start in August 2016. It will complete by the end of 2017. It will have a data transfer speed of 160 terabits per second.
Frank Rey, Microsoft’s director of global network acquisition, said in a blog post-Thursday. “The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high-speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook, and their customers.”
Microsoft expects MAREA will help them to fulfill the demand of high speed. Microsoft and Facebook designed MAREA to be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment.
This new “open” design brings significant benefits for customers. Lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which lead to faster growth in bandwidth rates
MAREA will be the highest-capacity Internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic’s depths. It will be the first such system to connect the U.S. to southern Europe. It will extend from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao, Spain. Then to hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Telecom infrastructure company Telxius will operate and manage the undersea cable.
This route is south of existing transatlantic cable systems that primarily land in the New York/New Jersey region. It is separate from the other cables. Means, it is more flexible and reliable connections for existing users in US and Europe.
Microsoft has invested $15 billion (USD) in building a resilient cloud infrastructure and cloud services. They are highly available and highly secure while lowering costs.
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