Less than two years have passed since the start of a joint project between Microsoft, Facebook and the infrastructure company Telxius to lay the 6, 600 km Marea transatlantic fiber-optic internet cable connecting the cities of Virginia Beach (USA) and Bilbao (Spain).
The cable will provide information transfer at a speed of 160 terabytes / sec, which is equivalent to the simultaneous transmission of 71 million streaming HD videos. The line will start operating in early 2018. It will meet the growing demand for Internet infrastructure around the world and make it more reliable.
Marea will become the highest capacity transatlantic submarine data link, which after Spain will connect to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. It will help meet the growing global demand for over 200 cloud services including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and Microsoft Azure.