Us to Bilbao: Microsoft and Facebook Join Forces to Build a Submarine Cable Crossing The Atlantic

It’s amazing to imagine that a lot of cables installed at the bottom of the sea they are responsible for we have access to the internet, 1,000 million meters to be exact and companies are still investing in such projects to enhance services and expand the range of products with a more robust infrastructure.

Today, Microsoft is announcing a new partnership with Facebook to create the tide project, which consists of installing a new submarine cable that will cross all the Atlantic, between Virginia Beach in the United States and Bilbao in Spain, to expand the range of services in the cloud of both companies.

TIDE: 160Tbps of speed

The cable that will be tended in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean will have eight pairs of fiber lines for an initial speed of 160Tbps and a length of approximately 6,600 kilometers, which makes it in the submarine cable with greater capacity in the Atlantic, In addition to that it will be the first to connect to the United States with southern Europe.

Frank King, Director of acquisition of global network for Microsoft Corp., mentioned:

“In order to better serve our customers and provide the kind of reliable connectivity with low latency they deserve, we continue to invest in new and innovative ways to continually improve both the Microsoft cloud as well as the global internet infrastructure. This marks an important new step in the construction of next generation internet infrastructure.”

The connections will be administered by Telxius, Telefónica telecommunications infrastructure company, where Bilbao will be the gateway for this new network capability, which will allow connect centres of the network in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

The objective of this cable will be enhance services in cloud Azure, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and Microsoft Bing, as well as expand capability of Facebook and its many projects. The construction of the cable will start in August of 2016 and is planned to October 2017 they can start with the operations.