California: Microsoft and Facebook have announced a new project to further increase the speed of internet by laying down 4 thousand miles of undersea fiber optic cable from America to Europe.
To improve the reliability and to maximize the speed of their internet, Microsoft and Facebook have decided to lay down 4 thousand miles of undersea fiber optic cable in the Atlantic ocean. The fiber optic will be able to transfer data at the speed of 160 terabytes per second. It will begin from Virginia in America and it will end in Bilbao, Spain.
According to Microsoft this system will be better and more reliable from the systems which are in place currently. After joining the two major networks like America and Europe this cable would also join Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The cable will be designed in a way that more networking equipment could be installed in the future.
Normally telecommunication companies are providing this service all over the world, but due to their growing needs of faster and more reliable internet service, Microsoft and Facebook have decided to launch this joint venture. No information on how much this project is going to cast and the terms and conditions of the contract have been released yet.
In 2014 Google funded telecommunication companies to join America and Japan with undersea fiber optic cable by giving $300 million. The project by Microsoft and Facebook is named MAREA and it will start in August this year and it will be completed in October 2017.