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Microsoft and Facebook Partner to Build Transatlantic Subsea Cable

Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services. 

The construction of the new "MAREA" cable will begin in August and it is expected to be completed in October 2017, the companies said in a statement on Thursday.

The 6,600 kilometer cable, the first to connect the United States with southern Europe, will be operated and managed by Telefonica SA's telecoms infrastructure unit Telxius. 

The cable is initially designed to carry 160 terabits of data per second, the companies said.

The move comes nearly two years after Google Inc., which is now Alphabet Inc., agreed with five Asian companies to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan. 

(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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