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Facebook, Microsoft executives at Kingsmill to announce subsea transatlantic cable completion

Facebook, Microsoft executives at Kingsmill to announce subsea transatlantic cable completion”

"There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase and Marea will provide a critical connection for the United States, Spain, and beyond".

Top Virginia leaders, are attending an event in Williamsburg on Friday with Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius to announce the progress of a subsea cable that will connect Virginia to Spain.

The cable is expected to become operational in early 2018, according to Microsoft.

As Wired noted recently, the Marea cable noteworthy in that Microsoft and Facebook have more control over its future than if they joined a consortium of telecoms providers, as Microsoft did with six Asian telco firms to launch the New Cross Pacific Cable. "Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40 percent more data than between the USA and Latin America".

"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 energised by the impact the Marea subsea cable will have on the advancement of cloud computing and digital services", said Microsoft's Suresh Kumar. "More broadly, robust connectivity can help a wide variety of people build relationships and collaborate between countries and across cultures".

Telxius, which will operate the cable once it goes live, began construction in August 2016. On Thursday Microsoft declared the cable "complete" after underwater adventures that "required charting a course with average depths of nearly 11,000 feet and hazards ranging from active volcanoes and natural disaster zones to coral reefs". So everybody needs to be connected with a high-volume, high-bandwidth infrastructure.

The route is south of existing transatlantic cables. And it's not just national, it's also global.



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