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  • Microsoft and facebook join hands together!! Building a subsea cable for faster internet

    Construction starts in August 2016 and is expected to complete in October 2017

    Microsoft and Facebook are building together world's longest sub-sea cable which is around 6,600 Km long to help the meet the growing customer demands and provide better services to users.

    The MAREA cable that will be used in this project will be laid across the Atlantic ocean and will be world's Highest capacity sub-sea cable.

    The sub-sea cables are preferred by the companies over satellite because of time gap between the transmission in a satellite wherein these sub-sea cables use optical fiber and transfer data at the rate of 99.7% of the speed of light.

    It is a myth that new technology is better over the older one however it is not true in case of sub-sea cables and satellite network. Both were developed during the same time yet optical cables are preferred over the satellite network.

    “As the world is increasingly moving toward a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft continues to invest in our cloud infrastructure to meet current and future growing global demand for our more than 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and the Microsoft Azure platform,” explained Christian Belady, general manager, data-center strategy, planning and development, Microsoft Corp.

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    To support the rate of data consumption at the progress rate these companies are going they are willing to spend to provide there cloud system with better infrastructure to support the user need.The wires will connect US to southern Europe - from the data hub of Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and then to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.It will be operated and managed by Telxius, Telefonica’s new telecommunications infrastructure company and they will be the ones to sell it as a wholesale business.

    The MAREA cable that will be laid is designed to be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment.

    This new design will bring significant benefits like lower costs and easier equipment upgrades leading to a faster growth in bandwidth rates only because the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.

    “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. By building the cable along this new southern route, we will also increase the resiliency of our global network, helping ensure even greater reliability for our customers,” Belady noted.

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