Icelandic telco Siminn has signed an agreement with Farice, a provider of international capacity from Iceland to mainland Europe, to multiply its bandwidth capacity on several submarine cables by the end of 2019. According to a press release, Simmin’s CEO Saevar Freyr Thrainsson said: ‘The agreement allow us [to increase] our bandwidth [on] three submarine cables: FARICE-1 and DANICE cables [from Iceland] to Europe, and Greenland Connect, to North America.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Siminn’s international traffic is carried via the FARICE-1, DANICE, Greenland Connect and CANTAT-3 submarine cables, although a portion is still handled by a back-up satellite earth station at Skyggnir. In January 2013, Farice signed a deal with Ciena Corporation to upgrade the 2,295km DANICE submarine cable system which connects Iceland with Denmark. The first stage of the upgrade project used Ciena’s 40Gbps coherent optical transport technology to increase the total capacity of the submarine cable; in September 2013 the company announced the completion of the second phase, which increased the total capacity of the cable to 100Gbps. Following the upgrade, DANICE is capable of ultimately carrying 8Tbps (up from 5.12Tbps).