Microsoft & Facebook Built A 160 Tbps Internet Cable, Can Stream 71 Million HD Movies: Funding in underwater internet cables has been a big part of the plan for technology giants in recent years. Now, Microsoft and Facebook are joining an enormous cable: 6,600 km that can carry 160 terabits (20 TB) per second, making it the largest cable on Earth.
Microsoft announced last year that it would need such a cable to help channel the growing stream of data into its customers’ cloud. Partnering with Facebook makes sense as the social network giant has similar data challenges.
The cable Marea combines Virginia Beach in the United States to Bilbao in northern Spain. The foundation started in August 2016 and, despite having finished on Thursday, Microsoft reported that its operation will only begin in 2018.
The cable built by Facebook, Microsoft and Telxius companies can up to 160 terabytes of data per second, equivalent to the transmission of 71 million HD videos at the same time and 16 million times faster than a home connection.
The cable weighs 4.65 million kg, plus a number we can’t recognize; is the equivalent of 34 blue whales. According to Microsoft, the “open” design of the cable will allow capacity to expand as demand for traffic grows.
The installation of Marea will also profit Internet users in Africa, the Middle East and the rest of Asia, according to Microsoft predictions, by allowing connection paths to existing poles. The company believes that the next billion users of the Internet will soon appear from these regions.