Microsoft and Facebook will lay Internet cable across the Atlantic


Companies Facebook and Microsoft will make a cable from the US East coast to Spain to provide a higher speed Internet for their global services. The cost of the project, the company was not disclosed.

As stated in a press release, Microsoft, the cable is called MAREA will be the fastest speed at the time of the strip — it will transmit up to 160 terabytes per second. For Facebook, which actively involves users in the part in the video live and in meetings in virtual reality, high-speed data transfer is particularly important. Microsoft also expects to provide quick and seamless access to your cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure.

Cable length of 6.6 thousand km will be laid from the city of Virginia beach in Southeast Virginia in the Spanish city of Bilbao, and from there to other countries of Europe, Africa, the middle East and Asia. The route is located to the South of the transatlantic cable systems located mainly in the States of new York and new Jersey. Cabling separately from these systems helps to ensure more stable and reliable connection for users in the US, Europe and beyond, says Microsoft.

Work will begin in August 2016 and will end, presumably, in October 2017. The cable service will be engaged “a daughter” the Spanish service provider Telefónica company Telxius, which will sell access to it to other companies. The cable will be compatible with different types of network equipment.

Microsoft is one of the world’s largest providers of cloud services, along with IBM (IBM cloud computing), Google (Google Cloud Platform) and Amazon (Amazon Web Services). Its platform Azure is available in 140 countries and supports 10 languages and 24 currencies. The Corporation invested a total of $15 billion into creating a global infrastructure of data centers for this platform.