The future is here and we are all just living in it. In the age of high speed internet, certain companies are pushing the envelope to make it even faster. Microsoft and Facebook are two of the largest tech companies in the world and now they are collaborating together to increase the transfer of high speed data via a subsea cable called the Marea. The cable itself recently completed its installation and it has already grabbed the ranking of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever be pulled across the Atlantic Ocean. Let us dig in and see exactly what that means for the tech giants and how it is impacting technology.
To start out, Microsoft and Facebook worked together alongside an infrastructure company named Telxius. They spent the last year working on installing the subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean with the goal of having it completely operational sometime early in 2018. The subsea cable has a transmission speed of 160 TB per second which is an absolutely massive amount of data. For those not familiar, 160 TB of data per second is about the equivalent of streaming 71 million different Netflix videos at the same exact time. That’s pretty impressive, right?
The cable itself was dubbed the Marea which means ‘Tide’ in Spanish. The cable goes from Virginia Beach, Virginia all the way to Bilbao in Spain. During the installation process the team made sure that the Marea cable was installed well south of other transatlantic cables that were already installed. The reason for this decision was to safeguard against potential natural disasters wiping out all transatlantic cables at the same time. To be more specific, Microsoft and Facebook have head offices in Virginia so having the cable route from there only made sense.
Brad Smith is the President of Microsoft and he had more than a couple of words to share about the Mrea. Smith said, “Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes.” Smith went on to explain just how much more heavily trafficked transatlantic cables are and how important they are for contact between the United States and Europe. Smith also went on to verify that their installation process was done at a rate ‘three times faster’ than predicted. Installing the Marea ended up only taking just under two years before the work was completely done and installed into place.