Microsoft, Facebook announce new subsea cable from US to Europe

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced a joint project to install what they said would be the highest capacity subsea cable yet to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

The 6,600-kilometre cable, which will stretch from northern Virginia in the United States to Bilbao, Spain, will be managed by Spanish telecommunications firm Telxius.

The cable, named Marea, Spanish for tide, will include eight fiber pairs. It is part of an effort to put in place the next generation of Internet infrastructure that has the capacity required to carry the amount of high-speed data demanded by consumers.

"The Marea transatlantic cable we're building with Facebook and Telxius will provide new, low-latency connectivity that will help meet the increasing demand for higher-speed capacity across the Atlantic," said Christian Belady, Microsoft manager for data centre strategy, planning and development.

Construction on the cable will begin in August and is expected to be completed in 2017.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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