OTT’s subsea cables landed in Spain
Facebook, Microsoft and Telxius‘s 6,600km Marea subsea cable has landed at Sopelana, Spain.
The high speed 6,600km Marea subsea cable linking the USA and Europe, has arrived at Arritera Beach in the Basque town of Sopelana.
Belonging to Facebook, Microsoft and Telxius, Telefónica’s subsea division, Marea is now the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic, consisting of eight fibre pairs and a design capacity of up to 160Tbps.
The project sees Facebook, Microsoft and Telxius, working together in the design, construction and deployment of the subsea cable which provides high speed, reliable connections to the cloud and online services for their customers.
Telxius said the cable has been designed with openness in mind and is interoperable with a variety of different network equipment. In doing so, there are lower overall costs and upgrades can be completed with ease. The system can also evolve in line with optical technology innovation, something which is crucial in order to meet growing customer needs.
Telxius will act as operator of the system, selling capacity as part of their existing infrastructure wholesale business. Construction is due to be completed by August 2017, and there are plans in the future to extend the cable into the Near East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.