Have been grumbling over the speed of the internet connection at home? Well, these two tech giants have found the way to provide turbo-charged speed that everyone craves for on their gadgets. Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius announced the completion of the subsea cable which can transmit 160 terabits of data per second. The speed is equivalent of streaming 71 million HD videos at one time. As per The Verge report, it is the highest capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean and Microsoft claims, it is 16 million times faster than an average home connection. The cable will be operational by early 2018.
The cable connection is named as ‘Marea’- Spanish for ‘tide’ – is 4,000 miles long and lies 17,000 feet below the ocean surface. As per the Verge report, the subsea cable extends between Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA and Bilbao, Spain. Microsoft says Marea will provide complete resilience and reliability for the people in the US and Europe by safeguarding against any natural disaster which might lead to disruption of connections like those seen during Hurricane Sandy.
President of Microsoft Brad Smith told Verge that Marea comes at a crucial time. He said,” Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40 percent more data than between the US and Latin America. There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase.”
Notably, the cable is made up of eight pairs of fiber optic cables which is enclosed by copper and lays on the ocean floor. Interestingly, a little of the cable is buried to protect from shipping traffic, mainly in the areas closer to the land.