Microsoft and Facebook to construct internet cable from US to Europe

May 31, 2016 10:17 pm | Updated 5 years ago.

Microsoft and Facebook have declared that both the organizations will jointly work towards laying and building an enormous data cable across the Atlantic from Virginia Beach in the United States to Bilbao in Spain. This project of laying an underwater internet cable across 4000 miles is of extreme importance because of the growing increase in demand for internet bandwidth.

The project popularly known as MAREA will begin from August this year and is expected to be finished by October next year. Telefonica, a subsidiary of Spanish telecommunication and broadband giant Telxius will be operating this project. According to Facebook’s vice-president of network engineering, the company is interested in many more projects of this nature. The cable which is as wide as a garden hose will envisage on transmitting a huge amount of data across the Atlantic.

Google, in 2010 was the first company to build cables of this kind linking US and Japan. Another important and prominent player in this sector is Amazon along with various other high-tech companies.


Date of Publication: May 29, 2016