Facebook and Microsoft join forces to lay massive undersea cable across the Atlantic

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
May 26, 2016
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  1. Microsoft and Facebook are joining forces to build a state-of-the-art undersea data cable that’ll stretch across the Atlantic Ocean.

    In a joint press release, the companies said the cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high-speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for the two companies and their customers.

    The project, dubbed MAREA, will be the highest-capacity undersea cable to ever cross the Atlantic with eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160Tbps. The 6,600 km (roughly 4,100 mile) cable system will be operated by Telefónica's new telecommunications infrastructure company, Telxius.

    As ZDNet points out, another motivating factor for laying and operating their own transatlantic cable system may have to do with the NSA. As part of the Edward Snowden leak a few years ago, we learned of an NSA program called Muscular that was able to tap into links between the data centers of major companies like Google and Yahoo.

    It’s unclear if their own transatlantic cable system would be able to prevent snooping from government agencies or if said agencies would simply look to intercept data at another point in the loop.

    Construction of the cable is set to begin this August and, if everything goes according to plan, should wrap up by October 2017. Neither party said how much money is be invested into the project although I imagine it’s a significant amount.

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  2. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    It's pretty much impossible to prevent snooping
    Greg S likes this.
  3. FloofyFox

    FloofyFox TS Rookie

    It looks like it takes Facebook and Microsoft less time to lay down an undersea data cable across the Atlantic than it takes my city to fill a pothole in the road.
    DaveBG, wiyosaya, mojorisin23 and 3 others like this.
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,998

    What a shame they can't make it a greater priority to bring so many smaller cities and communities into the digital age with high speed internet ...... we were promised this years ago and so many are still waiting.
    wiyosaya likes this.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,703

    Yet Windows Update is the slowest update service I've ever dealt with. Laying this cable will have no effect on their server capabilities to deliver updates quicker. At least not to my IP address.
    Agnomen and Reehahs like this.
  6. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 181   +42

    They would not have lay the pipeline if it wasnt profitable.

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