Cable for Aqua Comms’ America Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea fibre optic system is being loaded ready for deployment. TE SubCom designed, manufactured and is loading the cable system from its factory in New Hampshire, US, onto its cable ship Reliance and the installation phase is on schedule to be ready for service in late December 2015.
AEConnect will span more than 5,400km beneath the Atlantic Ocean with branching units for future landings and will interconnect with CeltixConnect, an Irish Sea subsea cable, providing connectivity to the UK and Europe. When complete, the system will connect Point of Presence (PoP) locations in North America and Europe.
“When TE SubCom’s ship leaves port, AquaComms’ vision to build and operate a diversified, solution-based network that will serve global data centres, cloud-based networks and content providers will be but 5,400km and a few months of hard work from becoming a reality,” said Greg Varisco, COO of AquaComms.
AEConnect will utilise optical technologies to provide the subsea telecommunications system, with a control plane based on a Software-Defined Network (SDN) platform to serve bandwidth-intensive applications. Featuring a design capacity of 130 wavelengths at 100Gbps on each fibre pair, AEConnect will provide for data centre-to-data centre connectivity across the Atlantic.
“TE SubCom is pleased to join AquaComms in celebrating this significant milestone in the project cycle of the AEConnect fibre optic cable system, and look forward to the successful completion of the project later this year,” stated Aaron Stucki, CEO of TE SubCom.
Aqua Comms was established to build, acquire or merge with subsea fibre optic cable networks to provide capacity networking solutions to the global media, content providers and IT companies.