Consortium to Connect Continents via Undersea Cables

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What would you get if you combined a love for deep-sea exploration with expertise in data cabling? A job opportunity with a brand-new consortium put together for the purposes of connecting the continents using undersea cables. The consortium is made up of Microsoft, Hibernia and Aqua Comms.

Microsoft is the obvious major player in the new consortium, having already invested millions of US dollars in undersea cabling. Their new project is aimed at connecting data centres in North America with those in Ireland. They also have plans to run connections from America to Asia. All of this is necessary for Microsoft to continue being competitive in the modern era of cloud computing.

When complete, the America-Ireland network will result in greater data capacity, higher data access speeds, and lower latency. This should improve network performance between the two regions drastically. As for the Asia project, Microsoft will be constructing a physical landing facility to connect North America with Asia. They have named to that project the New Cross Pacific Cable Network.

No Easy Task

Deploying undersea data cabling is by no means an easy task. Thousands of miles of cable need to be constructed in workable segments onshore, before being transported to the specialised ships responsible for deploying it. Once on board, the ship's crew must follow a very precise and demanding procedure to safely lay the cable without damaging it or anything that lies under the surface of the water. Everything from weather to equipment malfunctions can bring the process to a grinding halt.

Understandably, it requires an entire army of data cabling specialists and experienced mariners to pull off a project of this magnitude. At the helm is the ship's captain whose ultimate responsibility is to oversee the vessel, its crew, and everyone's safety. Down below are engineers and technicians who work around the clock to keep the engines running. Then there are the technical experts who oversee laying the cable and testing it at every stage. Only when the entire team and crew work together are cabling efforts successful.

Greater Connectivity, a Smaller World

When all is said and done, the Asian project alone will span more than 8,000 miles of ocean. That is some hefty data cabling by any standard. However, it is a network installation project that will pay big dividends in the future. By increasing speed and reducing latency, Microsoft will be making the networking world quite a bit smaller.

In terms of specific beneficiaries, the new connections should offer some exciting new possibilities for the financial services and technology sectors. For example, think about international financial transactions that can turn in a split second. Faster data access means more of the information necessary to make crucial decisions that could affect the future of any financial services company.

The world is indeed becoming smaller with every advance of cloud computing and high-speed networking. Anyone who has been considering a data cabling or network installation career has many opportunities to look at. This is one field in which job opportunities should abound for quite some time.


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