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Microsoft’s upcoming transpacific undersea cable to grow networking infrastructure

Microsoft’s upcoming transpacific undersea cable to grow networking infrastructure

To make connections faster and expand network infrastructure in order to maintain its market position, Microsoft has gone in for a partnership with telecom companies to build a new transpacific undersea cable, the first in twelve years. (Image: Techcrunch.com)

Microsoft announced that it is partnering with a consortium of telecom companies to build a new transpacific undersea cable that will connect a number of points in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan with the US West Coast.

The New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network will provide faster connections for its customers and help it compete on cloud cost. Along the same lines, Microsoft is also dealing with Hibernia to offer faster connectivity between Canada, Ireland and the UK.

The Hibernia Express cable, the first new transatlantic cable in twelve years, will be launched in September. It is partly optimised for very low-latency operations and will be able to handle up to 10 Tbps per cable pair once it is fully operational.

Another major deal is with AcquaComms to use its upcoming AEConnect cable between Shirley, NY and the West Coast of Ireland. Microsoft is the first customer for the AEConnect cable, which will cost about $300 million to build. The cable uses 130 wavelengths x 100 Gbps per fibre pair and will also function as a platform for Microsoft’s network expansion in Europe going forward.

“These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe,” says Microsoft’s managing director for network enablement, David Crowley.

“As people and organizations expect data and information at their fingertips, Microsoft must have an infrastructure that can deliver cloud services, including Azure, which our customers need to support their global businesses,” Crowley stressed.

Over the last nine months, Microsoft has been investing significantly in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents.

Source: techcrunch.com

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