Microsoft, Facebook complete 160Tbps undersea cable

The 160Tbps cable weighs nearly 10 million pounds, as much as 34 blue whales.

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Published Sun, Sep 24 2017 1:33 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:54 AM CST

Microsoft has teamed with Facebook and Spanish telco giant Telxis on a new undersea communications cable that is 17,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.

Microsoft, Facebook complete 160Tbps undersea cable | TweakTown.com

The companies claim that it is the "most technologically advanced subsea cable" with up to 160Tbps of data per second, beating out Google's recent "Faster" cable. The 160Tbps-capable cable spans a distance of 4000 miles from Virgina Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain.

Construction began in August 2016, with Microsoft announcing its completion on Thursday, while the super-fast cable won't be in operation until early 2018. The idea behind the cable started with Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which knocked out the connection between the US and Europe for a few days.

Microsoft explained in a blog post: "The superstorm sparked the realization that another major event could disrupt the vital connectivity lifeline across the Atlantic. As part of its ongoing efforts to drive innovation and expand capacity of its global network, Microsoft sought options for making transatlantic connections more resilient".

NEWS SOURCE:mashable.com

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