News hardware Marseille becomes the fifth most important city for the global Internet!
Published on 17/11/2022 at 09:20
Marseille is a veritable Internet hub in the world. It will thus become the fifth most important HUB thanks to this massive investment which will pass through the Marseille city.
Marseille moves up to 5th place among the most important cities on the Internet
Few people know the place of Marseille in the impact of the Internet in the world. Currently, with its 16 submarine cables, makes it the seventh largest HUB on the Internet. This is just the beginning, as she soon moves up two places in the rankings. Marseille can thank the largest fiber optic cable in the world. Measuring more than 45,000 kilometres, it takes Marseille to fifth place.
This fiber optic cable called 2Africa is there to connect 33 countries around the world. The goal is to provide a faster and cheaper connection. But such a project requires colossal investments. It is for this reason that we find a consortium of companies such as Meta, Orange, Vodafone or even China Mobile International. The cable is built by the French Alcatel Submarine Networks.
Global bandwidth is organized in Marseille
As surprising as it may seem, Marseille is one of the most observed cities when it comes to Internet connection by submarine cable. Its location is obviously its main attraction. The city can thus have a direct link with Europe, Africa and even India through the Suez Canal. For example, it only takes 95 milliseconds for data to reach a data center in Bombay.
But that’s not all for the Marseille city. It houses a very large number of data centers near its port. Recently, for example, a former German submarine base from 1943 was transformed into a data center of the future. The 2Africa cable will also pass through it. Beyond Marseille, France is investing massively in the Internet. For example, we have two French cities present in the top of the most important cities on the Internet.
This 2Africa cable will thus pass directly through many datacenters in the world belonging to telecom operators or GAFAM. They are moreover ready to pay very expensive each month so that the flow of data passes directly in their buildings. This is how 20 to 25 year contracts are signed.
This revolutionary cable thus makes it possible to expect a data flow of 180 terabits per second, on each of the 16 optical fibers. A speed that connects Marseille to India in a snap of the fingers. Moreover, 20% of Internet traffic from Marseille goes straight to India.
Marseille is a little more at the forefront of the international scene in terms of Internet flows. It is a geopolitical and diplomatic battle that is being played out with submarine cables. Since the first cables in the 19th century, states have struggled to increase their influence over communications.