Facebook is currently preparing a new record-breaking underwater internet cable that will link the United States and Europe across the Atlantic.
The company has entrusted the Japanese company NEC Corporation with the construction of the cable, which will include 24 pairs of fibers and will offer a capacity of 500 Tbps, approximately double the current record (held by the Dunant cable of Google).
While it is unclear exactly where the new cable will dock and when it will be completed, NEC says it will provide much-needed additional capacity along a route that is expected to see a massive increase in traffic over the course of the year. next decade.
Underwater Internet Cables
Although underwater internet cables have been around since the late 1980s, the technology has come a long way since then. For context, the very first submarine fiber optic cable (TAT-8) had only two operational fiber pairs and a maximum capacity of only 280MB per second.
The total number of submarine cables soared during a period of rapid growth in the 2000s, followed by an interval in which relatively few new cables were laid, but available capacity shrank. slowly exhausted. Today, however, a surge in demand for web services and the volume of connected devices is propelling a new wave of wired initiatives.
“Submarine cables connect continents and are the backbone of the global Internet,” Facebook explained. “Our very first transatlantic submarine cable system will provide 200 times more Internet capacity than the transatlantic cables of the 2000s.”
The new cable is one of many operated by Facebook and other members of the infamous FAANG collective. Last month, for example, Facebook announced a extension to its 2Africa cable, which will make it the longest ever deployed. And in August, the company revealed that it would work with Google on a new cable system designed to increase network capacity and resiliency in APAC.
While it will be some time before anyone can benefit from the additional capacity and redundancy offered by these cables, which take several years to build and lay, the projects will allow the internet giants to continue to provide a uninterrupted service as more of the internet. users are spending more and more time online.
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