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Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic!

Microsoft and Facebook have partnered up with Spanish company Telefonica in building a 4,000-mile cable connecting the US to Europe. The cable will enable data transfer speeds of 160Tbps and will be finished October 2017.

 

IN BRIEF

Microsoft and Facebook have partnered up with Spanish company Telefonica in building a 4,000-mile cable connecting the US to Europe. The cable will enable data transfer speeds of 160Tbps and will be finished October 2017.

 

And Microsoft have appointed Spanish internet carrier Telefonica to build the cable, and its new infrastructure company, Telxius, to manage the high-speed link afterwards.

MAREA, as the cable is called, will stretch 4,000 miles from Virginia Beach in the US to Bilbao, Spain, and will have the highest capacity among all subsea cables crossing the Atlantic.

 

 

MAREA-Cable

 

According to the companies’ joint statement, the new cable will help lower their costs while increasing bandwidth rates, and would ensure they are ready for the increasing data demandsof the world.

The companies refuse to disclose the costs of the project, but Alan Mauldin, research director for the market analysis firm TeleGeography, says trans-Atlantic cables usually do not go below $200 million.

The cable should be finished by October next year.


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