Microsoft and Facebook's 4000-mile transatlantic internet cable Marea is now complete

Undersea Cable

Undersea Cable

The Marea cable's new "open" design allows it to evolve with technology, ensuring the highest performance for users now and well into the future, even as the global population of internet users grows...

The cable is named Marea, which is Spanish "tide".

Completed in less than two years - almost three times faster than is typical - Marea is a powerful example of the important role the private sector has to play in connecting the world.

In collaboration with Facebook and Telxius, Microsoft has announced the completion of the world's highest capacity undersea internet cable.

The cable lands on Virginia Beach on the U.S. side and in Bilbao on the Spanish seafront. The cable runs alongside a route south of existing transatlantic cable systems, and is physically separate from it, helping create more resilient and reliable connections. To put this into perspective, this makes Marea capable of streaming 71 million HD videos simultaneously.

The post also says that MAREA "will help support the growing demand for high speed, reliable connections to the US and Europe, including our newest Azure regions coming to France, and beyond".

At more than 4,000 miles (6,600 kilometers) long and nearly 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kilograms) - or about the weight of 34 blue whales - the Marea cable is a feat of engineering, collaboration and innovation. It can transmit 160 terabits of data per second. Marea is a powerful example of the important role the private sector has to play in connecting the world...

By landing in Bilbao, the companies also expect Marea to improve network connectivity into other regions such as Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Microsoft said in a statement that representatives from Facebook and Microsoft will join with Virginia's governor and two senators in Williamsburg on Friday morning.

Back in 2015, Microsoft announced a number of partnerships to connect its global data centers with underwater fiber optic cables, part of which involved joining a consortium with China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, and KT Corporation to connect Microsoft with China.

You can visit this link to know more about Marea subsea cable.

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