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Faster Internet Speeds With the FASTER Submarine Cable

Google’s latest investment in long-haul undersea fibre optic cabling has cone online. The FASTER Cable System gives Google access to up to 10Tbps (Terabits per second) of the cable’s total 60Tbps bandwidth between the US and Japan. They will use this capacity to support their users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers. This is the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built — about ten million times faster than your average cable modem — and we’re beaming light through it starting today.

Microsoft to Buy Linked In

Microsoft has told Telecom Review that they and LinkedIn have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.

AT&T Dumps Yahoo

Yahoo's struggling Internet business took a hit with the loss of a long-time contract to manage the Internet portal and search for US telecommunication giant AT&T. The loss to Yahoo is expected to be 100 million US dollars annually. This comes at a very bad tme for embattled CEO Marissa Mayer who is fighting for her life at Yahoo.

Microsoft and Facebook to Build Huge Virginia to Spain Submarine Cable

Microsoft and Facebook announced plans to build “MAREA” – a new subsea cable across the Atlantic. The new MAREA cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers. "MAREA" is named after the Spanish word for "tide," and will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system. It will have eight fiber pairs, with a total design capacity of 20 Tbps per fiber pair. The Applicants have not yet made decisions about the initial lit capacity of the system. The parties have cleared conditions to go “Contract-In-Force” with their plans, and construction of the cable will commence in August 2016 with completion expected in October 2017.

Bell Canada to Purchase Manitoba Telecom Services

Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) shareholders will receive Can$40 in cash or
0.6756 Bell Canada shares for each MTS share tendered, according to a statement.

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