The new high-capacity underwater cable, Marea, which is almost six kilometers and a half from Bilbao in Spain to Virginia Beach in Virginia, is already installed. This cable results from a collaboration of development, design and implementation, by Facebook and Microsoft, having been made the construction and future maintenance by Telxius.
This is the first cable of its kind to join these two regions, and in total it weighs more than 5125 tons and has an incredible data transfer capacity of 160TB per second, which represents the highest speed so far achieved through an underwater cable in the Ocean Atlantic.
Nowadays, the Internet is absolutely necessary, whether in our computers, televisions, or smartphones, every day we resort to this means of communication. Most of the traffic generated on the Internet runs on cables similar to the one now installed, but when the Sandy drilling appeared, it generated Internet and Telephony cuts due to the number of cables in the affected area.
During the hurricane, the entire communications network between the United States and Europe was interrupted for a number of hours, and revealed a major problem, because all United States cables left New York and New Jersey.
The companies involved believe the new cable now installed will help prevent future situations similar to those experienced during Hurricane Sandy. Facebook is planning in conjunction with the giant Google, the placement of a cable that will link Los Angeles to Hong Kong.
In today’s world it is crucial to remain connected to the digital world through the Internet, on which businesses and health systems depend, and to avoid situations similar to that described, redundancy is necessary.