160 terabits per second cable
Speed is one of the crucial things when it comes to Technology. Microsoft, Facebook and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius teaming up to make 6598.31 kilometres long data cable which has enough bandwidth to stream at least 71 million HD videos at the same time. The cable is said to start operating early 2018.
Rafael Arranz, chief operating officer for Telxius, said, “Everyone expects that whenever they turn on their computer or their tablet or their phone, they’re going to work. That’s what this cable is going to help enable.”
The cable lays about 5.1816 metres below the ocean surface and extends between Virginia Beach, Virginia and the city of Bilbao in Spain. Microsoft says the cable will provide resiliency for those living in the US and Europe by safeguarding against natural disasters or other major events.
The cable is made up of eight pairs of fiber optic cables enclosed by copper.
In a blog post, Microsoft said the project was completed nearly three times faster than usual, in under two years. The Marea cable also provides a path to network hubs in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where the next billion internet users are anticipated to be.