Facebook and Microsoft Decide to Lay Huge Underwater Cable for Bandwith Issues

By Soham Samaddar - 29 May '16 07:11AM

It is a well known fact that Facebook and Microsoft are bandwith guzzling behemoths and over the next years and decades, it is only set to rise as both companies are set to grow at an even bigger rate. However, both these companies are bastions of innovation and have remained so for as long as they have existed, which is why it not a surprise that they have now decided to tackle the problem head on by coming up with a radical new approach that might ensure that bandwith issues never come in the way of their sustained growth. According to latest, reports, Microsoft and Facebook have decided to join hands in order to lay a 4000 mile underwater cable that would stretch from to the city of Bilbao in Spain from Virginia Beach in the United States and in the process would help the two corporations with their huge bandwith needs in the long term.

It is a part of a larger plan by some of the most prominent tech companies in the world to lay underwater cables in order to feed the bandwith hunger of their companies and it is expected to continue in the years to come. Google were the original pioneers of laying these high capacity underwater cables and they accomplished the feat back in 2010 following their investment in Unity-the cables stretching from the United States to Japan.

Alan Mauldin, an expert on the subject and Research Director of TeleGeography said, "Today, Google either has or plans to invest in five undersea cables, Microsoft four, Facebook two and Amazon one" and it does goes to show that this is something that the largest tech companies are actively trying to accomplish at a larger scale in the years to come. He went on to say, that the ones he mentioned are the ones that have been made public but there are other high capacity underwater cable lines that have not been made public yet. TeleGeography data has also revealed that around 66% of all underwater cables are owned privately.

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