Friday, December 2, 2022

Facebook, Microsoft part of Virginia Beach-based transoceanic fiber cable project

VIRGINIA BEACH – Microsoft and Facebook, in partnership with Spanish broadband company Telefónica, have chosen the city as a landing point for the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic, a project that is expected to accelerate the next generation of Internet infrastructure and data consumption, the city said in a release.

The cable will be the first to connect the U.S. to southern Europe.

“Having Microsoft, Facebook and Telefonica in our city is an exciting development. It helps us continue our mission of becoming one of the most connected cities in the world,” said City Councilman Ben Davenport, chairman of the Virginia Beach Broadband Taskforce, in the release.

In May, the Virginia Beach Development Authority approved the sale of 3.5 acres in Corporate Landing Business Park to Telefónica to build a 20,000- to 23,000-square-foot data center for the project.

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“We look forward to the endless possibilities that these collaborations hold for the future of Virginia Beach,” Matt Arvay, the city’s chief information officer, said in the release.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation will support the cable landing station at Corporate Landing to establish fiber routes from Virginia Beach to key data center points in southern and northern Virginia, according to the city.

“The new subsea fiber routes to South America, Europe and beyond gives the state of Virginia and Virginia Beach a substantial competitive advantage on the world stage when it comes to promoting and recruiting technology businesses to invest in our regions,” said Tad Deriso, president and CEO of MBC, in the release.

Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren Harris said the cable could spur more international investment and will help boost the city’s young biomedical and tech industries.

“High-tech businesses have big data needs,” Harris said in the release. “Our new health care and biotech hub in Princess Anne Commons is poised to attract major researchers and health care companies. But before they will come, they need a super-fast and highly-reliable Internet connection.”

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