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Microsoft & Facebook Internet Cable Through the Atlantic

The next generation of Internet infrastructure begins: Facebook and Microsoft move quickly to Europe a 6600 km long deep sea cables from the United States with 160 TBit/s.

The 6600 km-long submarine cable goes by the name Marea .Spanish word for “tide” and to lead from Bilbao in Spain to Virginia in the United States, where Facebook and Microsoft have multiple data centers. For the first time, the two companies want to take the building into their own hands. “The current model with consortia was slower than we have liked” Facebook Manager Najam Ahmad said the US magazine wired. With Marea, the companies have more control over their own destiny.

Plan of Facebook: communication via VR headsets

Marea will consist of eight fibre-optic pairs, allow transmission speeds of 160 TBit / s. By comparison, the submarine cable system Apollo, which is responsible for the data exchange between the United States and Europe since 2003, is designed for maximum throughput of 3.2 TBit/s.

And what about 50-fold higher throughput? Facebook, for example, currently heavily invested in live streaming, which causes large amounts of data and relies on low delays. The company wants to can also communicate to users on different continents about virtual-reality headsets. Microsoft, however, invests in cloud services that could run on the new deep-sea cables.

Marea should be finished in the October 2017

Construction cost 200 million $ expensive project is August 2016, the companies expect the completion of the October 2017. But some aid must be apparent: the telecommunications company of Telxius, a subsidiary of Telefonica, will manage the cable and sell a portion of the bandwidth.

Microsoft-Facebook Internet Cable Through Atlantic
6600 km-long submarine cable “Marea” connects Virginia in the United States and Bilbao in Spain. Photo: Microsoft

The bulk will be however reserved the use of Facebook and Microsoft. “This project marks an important step for the next generation of Internet infrastructure,” Frank Rey Microsoft writes in a blog.

Facebook aims to strengthen position in Africa

Marea Facebook will also assist to conquer Africa as a growth market. Why? Because it is the first deep-sea cable that arrives in southern Europe – so closer to Africa, for example, new is York with France as other cable or connect United Kingdom. There could be a tailwind the initiatives, with which the company to Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand large continent its position on the 1.1 billion people. Starting from the second half of the year Facebook Internet connections in Africa wants to offer.

Facebook has bought the VR goggles manufacturer oculus rift 2014 for $ 2 billion. Users on different continents to communicate with each other in the future about VR headsets. The new undersea cable provides the required throughput.

Microsoft-Facebook Internet Cable for VR
Facebook has bought the VR goggles manufacturer oculus rift 2014 for $ 2 billion. Users on different continents to communicate with each other in the future about VR headsets. The new undersea cable provides the required throughput. Photo: Oculus VR

For example, the initiative Internet.org, who would like to connect the remaining two-thirds of the world population without Internet connection to the Internet.