Microsoft and Facebook at 160 terabits

That’s a lot of internet


The Marea cable, created by Facebook, Microsoft, and the Spanish telecommunication company Telxius, stretches 6,600 miles from the U.S to Spain. Microsoft announced its completion on Thursday, but it won’t be operational until early 2018. The cable will provide up to 160 terabits (Tbps) of data per second, much more than Google’s “Faster” cable. Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, disconnected North America from Europe for several days, and presented the need for a more resilient service.

Telxius will serve as the cable’s operator and will lease its capacity to other service providers. The cable’s multi-operational abilities will allow it to evolve with new technologies in years to come. In the present, Microsoft lists a wide array of services that it aims to enhance with it, ranging from Bing and Office 365 to Skype and Xbox Live. For Facebook, Marea will increase its capabilities as the site looks to expand into VR.

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