Sunday, 8 October 2017

Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius Buidling Global Network Connectivity - Marea

Posted by Vijaya Bhaskar
Connectivity is one part of achieving the goal. Marea will help us connect people more quickly and efficiently, More broadly, robust connectivity can help a wide variety of people build relationships and collaborate between countries and across cultures.
Marea is the highest-capacity sub-sea cable to cross the Atlantic, providing up to 160 terabits of data per second.
Lying more than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, Marea is the most technologically advanced subsea cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the first cable to connect Virginia and Spain, landing in Virginia Beach and Bilbao.

Marea subsea cable projectis jointly organised by Microsoft, Facebook and Global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius helps to upgrade the Global Internet infrastructure to meet the rapid groing demand for interenet and Cloud technology services.
Construction of Marea started in August 2016, and the cable began its journey across the Atlantic approximately five months ago. The physical work to manufacture and lay the cable has now been completed, and it is planned to be operational in early 2018. From design through construction, Marea was completed in less than two years — nearly three times faster than the typical subsea cable project.

At more than 4,000 miles (6,600 kilometers) long and almost 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kilograms) — or about the weight of 34 blue whales — the Marea cable is a feat of engineering, collaboration and innovation. The cable can transmit up to 160 terabits of data per second. That’s more than 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection, making it capable of streaming 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously.
In a time when global economies are deepening their reliance on cloud technologies, and both private and public sectors are embracing the opportunities for growth and improvement through digital transformation, we’re energized by the impact the Marea subsea cable will have on the advancement of cloud computing and digital services. And we look forward to furthering our respective investments in building high-tech infrastructure to better connect our world, foster economic growth and advance technological capabilities.

The Marea cable’s new “open” design allows it to evolve with technology, ensuring the highest performance for users now and well into the future, even as the global population of internet users grows. And make no mistake, the demand is growing. Just think of the many high-bandwidth applications and content you use today such as Skype and Facebook Live, and the volume of streaming videos, movies and music consumed daily. This ability to interoperate with many different kinds of networking equipment brings significant benefits including lower costs and easier equipment upgrades, leading to faster growth in bandwidth rates.

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