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Meta plans 480Tbps submarine cable between the US and Europe

Meta’s underwater internet cable will be 7,121 km long
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The company Edge Cable Holdings, owned by Meta, has filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for laying on new underwater internet cable. The project called Anjana, envisages the construction of high speed line, which will connectionwell Northern Spain with the East Coast of the United States.

The length of the cable will be 7,121 km, reported Datacenter Dynamics. It will extend from the DC Blox cable station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, USA) to a new station in Santander (autonomous region of Cantabria, Spain), owned by Telxius.

The cable was designed by NEC specialists for a throughput of up to 480 Tbps over 24 fiber pairs. Laying is due to begin in August 2023 and commissioning is planned for the fourth quarter of 2024.

It will be the world’s fastest oceanic underwater internet line. To date, the record is held by the Google Grace Hopper submarine Internet cable laid between the US and Europe – it has a throughput of 350 Tbps.

On short distances, however, orders of magnitude higher speeds can be achieved – for example, the 110 km Olisipo cable will have a throughput of 4.3 Pbps.

None of the members of the Anjana project have made official statements about plans to lay the cable. NEC previously announced that it intended to develop for Meta a 24-pair 500 Tbps cable between Europe and the US, but did not specify the name of the system or the specific route.

There are currently no cable stations in Santander. Telxius operates such a point in Sopellan (east of Santander) that connects the Meta/Microsft MAREA and Google Grace Hopper cables.

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