Northern lights: Arctic fiber nets open new bandwidth horizon

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HFTs now constitute more than 70% of the trading activity in U.S. markets. And HFTs are becoming more popular in Europe and Asia, undoubtedly an incentive to investors in the cable projects that would spur more ultra-low-frequency trades. It's little wonder HFTs are dominating activity on financial markets, experts say. That's because while they are extremely short-term investments, lasting as little as a few seconds, they provide market liquidity and high probability of small yet consistent profits.

Ultimately, all kinds of businesses will benefit. As big data meets big bandwidth, these new 40 gigabit-per-second links through the Arctic Ocean will put more pressure on analytics vendors to push real-time tools capabilities even further to serve the financial services sector and other industries as well.

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