Facebook and Microsoft partner to lay the fastest subsea internet cable, yes it will also reach Africa

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[/blockquote]As Charles-Guillaume Étienne’s saying goes, “if you want something done right, its better you do it yourself”. Facebook and Microsoft want to bring you faster Internet and have invested in a 4,100-mile subsea internet cable with capacities of up to 160 terabits per second making it the highest-capacity cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will connect Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain and will later expand the network hubs from Europe to Africa, the Middle East, and Asia with a third party Telxius (Telefónica). Works will begin August of this year and by October 2017 the project should be completed.

Frank Rey, Microsoft’s director of global network acquisition, said in a statement. “In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global internet infrastructure,” .

The OTT are attaching the telecoms from under the sea and above

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Way back, tech companies have joined telecom consortiums who already have undersea telecom cable infrastructure rather than financing new cable laying projects from scratch. Indeed this marks the next generation infrastructure of the internet as Frank Rey puts it in his statement. With Google and Facebook deploying drones to blast internet from the skies and this latest development shows that these over the top (OTT) have began to sideline the telecoms and here is why.

With a goal to help both Facebook and Microsoft move information around the globe — to their vast and expanding networks of data centers — at mega speeds using more reliable equipment, the telecoms will have no chance once tech companies have been able to reach the line mile customers across the world. Microsoft and Facebook have have very huge cloud-computing operations, with Facebook hosting the output of 1.65 billion users and Microsoft managing a robust suite of online services including Azure, Bing, Xbox Live, and Office 365.