Hibernia Atlantic, the trans-Atlantic submarine cable operator, has announced the completion of phase one of the ‘Project Kelvin’ cable deployment, directly connecting Northern Ireland to North America. As part of the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment (DETI) for Northern Ireland and the Irish Department of Communications and Natural Resources (DCENR), the Project Kelvin initiative and Hibernia Atlantic brought the fibre-optic submarine cable ashore at Portrush, Northern Ireland. The cable will connect with Hibernia Atlantic’s terrestrial fibre-optic ring currently being deployed to 13 towns and cities, including Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry, Omagh, Portadown, Strabane, Letterkenny, Castleblayney, Dundalk, Drogheda and Monaghan. By autumn the cable system will connect to Hibernia Atlantic’s existing trans-Atlantic cable, thereby directly connecting Northern Ireland to North America and Europe. Hibernia Atlantic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC). Its trans-Atlantic submarine cable and terrestrial cable network offers over 70 redundant network points of presence (PoPs) throughout Canada, US, UK and mainland Europe over 24,000km of network.