Monday in CE: Microsoft and Facebook Plug in Highly-Powerful Transatlantic Cable
On Monday, Facebook and Microsoft announced the completion of a subsea cable that crosses the Atlantic Ocean. That feat alone, while impressive, isn’t unheard of or truly breaking-news-worthy. What is worth noting about this announcement, though, is just how powerful this cable is. According to a Microsoft blog post, the cable, which rests some 17,000 feet below sea level, is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per second.
Per Microsoft’s calculations, that’s roughly 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. The Marea cable, as it’s known, is capable of streaming roughly 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously making it easily one of the most advanced cables to run across the Atlantic.
The joint project between Microsoft, Facebook, and global telecom infrastructure company Telxius will help to “upgrade the global internet infrastructure,” according to Microsoft. The cable runs between Virginia and Spain, connecting Virginia Beach to Bilbao. It measures more than 4,000 miles long and weighs nearly 10.25 million pounds.