Microsoft goes 20,000 leagues under the sea

david-fincher-20000-leagues-under-the-seaSoftware giant Microsoft 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

Microsoft says the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network will provide faster connections for its customers and help it compete on cloud cost.

Microsoft also today announced deals with Hibernia to offer faster connectivity between Canada, Ireland and the U.K after signing a deal with AcquaComms to use its upcoming AEConnect cable between Shirley, NY and the West Coast of Ireland.

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

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.

Microsoft managing director for network enablement David Crowley said that the two cables will connect its data centre infrastructure in North America to Ireland and the U.K.

“These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe,” Crowley said.

“Microsoft must have an infrastructure that can deliver the cloud services, including Azure, which our customers need to support their global businesses,” Crowley said.

Crowley also added that Microsoft had been “significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fibre capacity by engaging in fibre partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents” over the last nine months.