Marea transatlantic cable installed

  • Marea transatlantic cable installed

Marea transatlantic cable installed

While the ability to transmit 160 terabits of data per second second is roughly 16 million times faster than the current average home internet and therefore beyond any standard now set, Marea is prepared for the future.

Marea, which means "tide" in Spanish, lies over 17,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean's surface and is around 4,000 miles long.

Brad Smith the President of Microsoft said the Marea arrives at a very critical time, as submarine cables across the Atlantic already carry 55% more data than do trans-Pacific routes and 40% more than between the United States and Latin America. Because of this, Microsoft says the cable will provide resiliency for those living in the U.S. and Europe by safeguarding against natural disasters or other major events that might cause disruptions to connections like those seen during Hurricane Sandy.

Naturally, Marea will serve Microsoft and Facebook very well, as both companies boast large data centre operations in Virginia. "Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40 percent more data than between the United States and Latin America". Marea also provides a convenient path to network hubs in Africa and Asia, and the massive bandwidth it provides will help meet increasing cloud services demands.

Marea is made up of eight pairs of optic cables, encompassed in copper. In some areas it is buried so it is protected from shipping lanes, usually in areas that are nearer the shore.

Microsoft revealed in its blog that the project was completed way before its expected timeline, well within two years.

The Marea cable's new "open" design allows it to evolve with technology, ensuring the highest performance for users now and well into the future, even as the global population of internet users grows.

In a move that could revolutionise how we use the internet, the mammoth undersea cable project across the Atlantic is now complete.

Marea is capable of transmitting up to 160 terabits of data per second. "Marea will help us connect people more quickly and efficiently", Ahmad says. Global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius, a subsidiary of telecom provider Telefónica, joined as the third partner to manage the construction process and operate the cable.

Google has also invested in two cables that run from the USA to Japan and other countries in Asia.

"The superstorm sparked the realisation that another major event could disrupt the vital connectivity lifeline across the Atlantic", the blog read and Frank Rey, director of global network strategy for Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure and Operations claimed "the storm brought to light a potential challenge in the consolidation of transatlantic cables that all landed in NY and New Jersey". Instead, they have started building their independent infrastructures.