The transatlantic subsea cable Marea has been completed

Microsoft announced the Marea subsea cable has been completed. The cable has been laid along a route south of existing transatlantic cable systems making it an alternative route for data flows in case the existing system of cables is disrupted. One of the impetuses to build the Marea subsea cable were disruptions made by the Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The cable will be operational in 1Q 2018 and its maximal throughput will be 160 Tbps. It will be the highest capacity undersea link across the Atlantic. The Marea project is a common venture of Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius (Telefónica’s telecommunications infrastructure company).