Facebook and Microsoft both Companies Announce Plan to Lay Trans-Atlantic Undersea Data Cable – CWEB

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CWEB.com – The 4,100-mile-long MAREA cable is designed to carry 160 terabits per second of data between Virginia and Bilbao, Spain, with completion set for October 2017, the two companies said Thursday.

Dubbed MAREA—Spanish for “tide”—this giant underwater cable will stretch from Virginia to Bilbao, Spain, shuttling digital data across 6,600 kilometers of ocean. Providing up to 160 terabits per second of bandwidth—about 16 million times the bandwidth of your home Internet connection—it will allow the two tech titans to more efficiently move enormous amounts of information between the many computer data centers and network hubs that underpin their popular online services.

Nearly 16 decades later we have Facebook and Microsoft collaborating on the newest underwater cables.

The speed is huge: 160 Tbps (terabits per second). That’s 160 million Mbps (megabits per second). What does that really mean? Gmail’s attachment limit is 25mbps – some of us have complex spreadsheets that size and larger. In one second, 6.4 million attachments of that size could fly through that cable. That’s in one second!

 

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