Cable Compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

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20 Nov 2020

Pioneer Consulting has confirmed that the marine route survey has now been completed for the planned 550km CrossChannel Fibre project, which will connect Slough in the UK with Paris, France. Billed as ‘the first fibre-optic submarine cable to be built across the English Channel in nearly 20 years’, the project is being spearheaded by Crosslake Fibre. The high-fibre-count, non-repeatered system will contain 96 fibre pairs, each of which will provide over 20Tbps of throughput capacity. The new cable has been designed to support increased bandwidth requirements from telcos, content providers, media companies and financial services companies, and should be ready for service (RFS) in late 2021.

Gabon’s National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies (ANINF) has announced the completion of extension works to connect Boue, in the north of the country, to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, via connections in the border towns of Bitam and Oyan-Bifoun-Lambarene. The new infrastructure spans 528km and falls within the framework of the ongoing Central Africa Backbone (CAB) project.

Pan-African fibre provider Liquid Telecom has entered into a strategic partnership with Zayo Group, which will see the two companies leverage each other’s network reach. Jesper Aagaard, Managing Director of Europe at Zayo Group, commented: ‘This partnership demonstrates Zayo’s commitment to expanding our footprint, and our ability to deliver bandwidth wherever and whenever customers require it.’

Gold Data has unveiled plans to expand its footprint in Mexico’s connectivity market, with the deployment of a fibre-optic network connecting all major data centres in Mexico City. The network will also connect a number of major cities across the country, including Queretaro and Veracruz. Gold Data says that its network will remain fully owned and operated by its private investors and partners.

Elsewhere, Telia Carrier has strengthened its US network, adding new connectivity options in the so-called ‘Silicon Prairie’ region. The Swedish firm says it has added another new diverse and latency-optimised DWDM route between Chicago and Denver via Des Moines, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. The project also includes new metro ring overbuild networks in Chicago connecting the O’Hare area, where there are dozens of data centres. The expansion is part of the company’s ‘ongoing organic buildout’ of its North American network.

Netherlands-based Eurofiber has signed a binding agreement to acquire French fibre provider Lumos, which is based in Nantes. Following the acquisitions of Eurafibre, ATE and Eura DC in November 2019, Eurofiber seeks to accelerate its French growth strategy with this acquisition and plans to expand its network footprint to at least 25 French cities by 2025. Completion of the Lumos takeover is subject to customary regulatory approval in France and the deal is expected to conclude in early-2021.

Finally, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider EdgeUno has successfully deployed Fujitsu’s 1FINITY platform as it seeks to boost its data centre interconnect (DCI) capabilities in Colombia. The vendor deployed its 1FINITY T100 Transport blades in a 4×200G point-to-point configuration to connect data centres in capital Bogota.

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Colombia, France, Gabon, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier), Crosslake Fibre, EdgeUno, Eurofiber (Netherlands), Fujitsu, Gold Data, Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT), Zayo Group