Announcing the plan on Thursday, the pair said the cable will help meet growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for their plethora of cloud and online services.

Microsoft and Facebook noted that its cable will take a route south of existing transatlantic cable systems that mostly come into the New York and New Jersey region.

Being physically separate from these other cables helps ensure more resilient and reliable connections for our customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond, the pair said.

Microsoft aims for the cable to help maintain and expand services for its cloud products such as Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure.

As the world continues to move towards a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to building out the unprecedented level of global infrastructure required to support ever faster and even more resilient connections to our cloud services, the Redmond-based computer company said.

Microsoft s Frank Rey said the project marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the internet, while Facebook s Najam Ahmad commented that the plan lets the two companies choose the hardware and software that best serves the system, and would ultimately increase the pace of innovation.

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