With A Speed Of 160-Terabits/Second, Facebook And Microsoft's Undersea Cable Launched

With A Speed Of 160-Terabits/Second, Facebook And Microsoft's Undersea Cable Launched

Marea also has data transfer speeds of 160 terabits per second, which is approximately 16 million times faster than a typical home internet connection.

Suresh Kumar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's cloud infrastructure & operations division, announced the completion of the Marea subsea cable in a recent blog post.

Called Marea, which is Spanish for "tide", the 4,000 mile long subsea cable lies 17,000 feet below the ocean surface and extends between Virginia Beach, Virginia and the city of Bilbao in Spain. Marea also provides a convenient path to network hubs in Africa and Asia, and the massive bandwidth it provides will help meet increasing cloud services demands. It won't be operational until early 2018.

Microsoft states the undersea cable will provide reliability to individuals living in America and Europe and will safeguard against various natural disasters (like Hurricane Sandy) which cause disruptions to connections.

With the Marea cable, Facebook and Microsoft's investment gives them more control over the vast amounts of data they need to move quickly around the world, the report said.

Marea will provide a dependable worldwide channel for data transfer for companies and also gives them a way to bridge into existing network hubs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. According to Microsoft, the cable is slightly thicker than a standard garden hose and contains eight pairs of fiber optic cables that are further protected by copper, a plastic layer and a separate waterproof coating. For the majority of its route, cables will be laid upon the ocean floor, though some parts (as those closer to shore) are buried to be shielded from shipping traffic.

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However, right from designing to construction, Marea was completed in less than two years, which is nearly three times faster than the average subsea cable project. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry. Google has already built two major cables spreading from U.S. to Japan, South America and some Asian countries.

The cable is the first link of its kind between Virginia and Spain.

The highest-capacity data cable stretching across the Atlantic has now been completed.

The decision to lay the cable more southerly than existing connections was made with the hope that if a disaster strikes one part of the United States, then there is an alternative route to handle traffic.

"Considering the scope of the project, the progress to date has been staggering".