This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Throughout 2017, we blogged about the construction of “Marea”, an underwater cable connecting Virginia to the Basque Coast.  This submarine cable is now working, providing 160 terabits of bandwidth–about 16 million times faster than regular home internet speeds.  Then, we commented that being one of the starting/terminating points of this connection, the most powerful in the world, was good news for our country, as it put us at the vanguard, while having these connections at our doorstep offered opportunities we needed to make sure we didn’t miss out on.

We remembered all that today as we were catching up on the news and found articles in several media that reaffirmed our view of the importance of being a “digital connection center” of this level.

This article, sent out by the AP, reports on the construction of an underwater cable that will connect the Iberian peninsula with Israel, and will have enough capacity to handle 60% of the current peak world internet traffic.

This cable will cost about US$200 million, and will be finished by 2020, crossing the Mediterranean from end to end, stretching from Israel to the Basque Country, where it will connect to “Marea”.

The New York Times – 16/1/2017 – USA

‘Superfast’ Internet Cable to Cross Mediterranean Sea

A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world’s internet traffic at peak time.

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Times of Israel – 16/1/2018 – Israel

‘Superfast’ sub-sea internet cable to connect Israel with Spain

A Cypriot company says its new sub-sea internet cable that will connect Israel with Spain will be powerful enough to handle up to 60 percent of the world’s internet traffic at peak time.

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This is the current map of underwater cables crossing the Mediterranean.   In 2020, the new cable that will connect the Basque Country with Israel will substantially change this map.  By itself, it will have more capacity than all these other connections combined.
This is the current map of underwater cables crossing the Mediterranean.   In 2020, the new cable that will connect the Basque Country with Israel will substantially change this map.  By itself, it will have more capacity than all these other connections combined.

 

 

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