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Facebook, Microsoft: Atlantic Ocean Internet Cable to Be Built Jointly

Facebook, Microsoft: Atlantic Ocean Internet Cable to Be Built Jointly
General view of Microsoft Corporation headquarters at Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France, April 18, 2016. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 04:13 PM

Facebook and Microsoft will jointly build an underwater cable across the Atlantic Ocean to facilitate more high-speed Internet services.

According to Reuters, the construction of the new "MAREA" cable will begin in August and it is expected to be completed in October 2017, the companies said in a statement on Thursday.

The 6,600 kilometer cable, the first to connect the United States with southern Europe, will be operated and managed by Telefonica SA's telecoms infrastructure unit Telxius.

The cable is initially designed to carry 160 terabits of data per second, the companies said.

The move comes nearly two years after Google Inc, now Alphabet Inc, agreed with five Asian companies to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan.

Microsoft has also been experimenting with underwater datacenters under its Project Natick, and last year tested a prototype on the seafloor for four months.

Underwater datacenters, envisioned to be powered by renewable marine energy sources, is expected to reduce the huge cost associated with cooling datacenters that generate a lot of heat, and also to reduce the distance to connected populations.

Microsoft on Thursday declined to disclose the financial details about MAREA. Facebook did not immediately respond for comment.

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