Microsoft and Facebook connected USA and Europe through a new transatlantic cable

- Adrian Ungureanu

Microsoft, Facebook and their partner Telxius just connected North America and Europe through a new subsea cable, through the Atlantic Ocean, called ”Marea”.

The project was announced in May, they started deployment in August and in October it was supposed to be ready, but they finished earlier. The new cable connecting North America with mainland Europe promises to meet the growing demand for cloud services with a capacity of 160 terabits per second.

The 6,600km (4,000 miles) transatlantic cable, nicknamed Marea (“tide” in Spanish), lies more than 17,000 feet below the Atlantic and runs from Virginia Beach, Virginia, all the way through to Bilbao on Spain’s northern coast.

The Marea project is the result of a collaboration between Facebook, Microsoft, and Telxius, a telecommunications infrastructure subsidiary of Telefónica.