The Marea undersea cable owned by Microsoft, Facebook, and Telxius is now complete between Virginia and Spain
Microsoft recently announced that the Marea undersea cable, which is claimed to have unmatched speed and resiliency, is now complete. The cable is a joint venture between Microsoft, Facebook, and Spanish communications company, Telxius, and runs between Virginia Beach, USA, and Bilbao, Spain. This route is further south than the traditional path followed by the other USA to Europe lines, so it provides redundancy in case of damage to the previous cables.
The cable was completed in two years, and measures 4000 miles (6600 km) long and weighs in at 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kg). It has a rated speed of 160 terabits/sec, which is 16 million times faster than a standard home connection in the US, making it fast enough for 71 million HD video streams at the same time. The design is “open” to allow upgrades with new technology over time.
Microsoft says they are “energized by the impact the Marea subsea cable will have on the advancement of cloud computing and digital services.” When the cable becomes operational, consumers near the entry point may notice lower pings between continents, but the real value comes in improved future performance, redundancy, and competition between operators.