Microsoft and Facebook’s High-Capacity Undersea Cable Completed

2017-09-25 15:54 Posted by: Judy in News Go to Comment

Marea submarine cable, currently the most technologically advanced undersea cable in the world, has been completed by the joint efforts of Microsoft, Facebook and their construction and operation partner Telxius. Revealed in May 2016, Marea lies over 17,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean surface and becomes the first cable to connect Virginia and Spain.

Seeing the rapidly growing needs for internet and cloud services in the highly connected worlds, Microsoft and Facebook hope the high-capacity transatlantic cable upgrade the global internet infrastructure.

Funded by cloud computing giant Microsoft, social networking juggernaut Facebook, plus Spanish telecommunications leader Telxius, Marea cable is over 4,000 miles long and can transmit maximum 160 terabits of data per second, which, according to Microsoft, is nearly 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. In other words, it will be able to stream 71 million HD videos simultaneously.

Marea cable is one of the latest accomplishments for world’s undersea cable technologies made by tech companies. Earlier in 2015, Microsoft announced the partnership with a consortium of telecom companies to build three undersea cable projects to improve its data center connectivity, including the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network, the Hibernia Express cable and the AEConnect cable.

Another cloud computing giant, Google, has been working Facebook and China’s state-owned Pacific Light Data Communication, to build a 120 Terabits per second submarine cable, which connects Los Angeles with Hone Kong. Additionally, the tech company launched another undersea cable project—the Indigo cable in April 2017. The cable will be approximately 5,600 miles that connects Singapore to Perth and Sydney in Australia, and will feature two fiber pairs with a total capacity of almost 18 terabits per second.  

Amazon AWS, as a significant competitor to Google and Microsoft in cloud service market, also made its first investment in a submarine cable project called Hawaiki Submarine Cable in May 2016. Landing in Oregon, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, and American Samoa, the Hawaiki cable is expected to significantly improve capacity on the global network connecting the data centers that hosts its cloud services. The target live date of the submarine cable is in June 2018.

Submarine cables currently link all continents except Antarctica. According to the telecommunications market research and consulting firm—TeleGeography, by September 2017, there are already 293 submarine cable systems that are currently active, under construction, or expected to be fully-funded by the end of 2017. 

Related Articles

ChinaNetCenter Net Profit Margin Decreases By 33% As Cloud Computing Vendors Jumping Into the Fray
10/16
China’s leading CDN platform provider ChinaNetCenter issued its performance report for the first quarters of the year last Friday, which shows a net income of 522 million to 614 million yuan, decreasing by 33 percent year-over-year to 43 percent.
Week 2017/10/09 Top 5 Web Hosting Industry News
10/13
we carefully collected the major events happening this week in the industry. Hope you can find something interesting things here.
Western Digital Makes New Breakthrough in HDD Technology
10/12
Western Digital develops a new magnetic recording technology with microwave assist.
Sina Weibo Suffers Outage Again, Caused by LUHAN’s Confession Tweet This Time
10/09
Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo was briefly unavailable yesterday, reflecting sluggish internet speeds, the comment function was suspended and some pages cannot be displayed. The site appeared to be fully restored in less than two hours.
Weekly 2017/09/25 Top 5 Web Hosting Industry News
09/29
There were many exciting news and events happening in the industry this week, and here we conclude the top 5 for you.
Comment
Be the first to comment!
About the author
Judy
Views: 36429
Articles: 137
Having been an website editor for web hosting, SSL, SEO, cloud and domain registration for years. Well knowledgeable about online presence creation, optimization and security.

Author's Hot Articles

godaddy
hub

Hot Posts

Service Recommendation

Cloud Hosting
Cloud hosting is the fastest growing hosting solutions in the industry. »
Cloud Storage
Best Cloud Storage are named based on customer and expert reviews. »
SSL
The most popular SSL certificate providers in the industry are here. »
China Web Hosting
Find out a comprehensive evaluation to the host service provider in China. »
bluehost
Chat Advertising cooperation TOP