Internet : the Gafa weave their Cloth under the sea

Discreetly, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft spin their web in the sea. Submarine cables carry 80 % to 90 % of world Internet traffic, and virtually 99 % of inte

Internet : the Gafa weave their Cloth under the sea

Discreetly, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft spin their web in the sea. Submarine cables carry 80 % to 90 % of world Internet traffic, and virtually 99 % of intercontinental connections. The key role of these infrastructures has not escaped the american giants of the Web. They have become indispensable actors, multiplying the investment, replacing little by little the telecom operators in the field. Five years ago, the Gafa had 5 % market share in the area of the North Atlantic, where traffic is most dense. In the next three to four years, they should hold a 90 %!

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Facebook has announced $ 3 billion investment in the field, in particular for "Marea", a cable linking the United States to Europe, co-financed with Microsoft, and "Dunant", another cable, which it shares with Google. More modern, they represent 50 % of the capacity of the twelve existing wiring. These ...

Updated Date: 28 August 2019, 00:00

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