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

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3 Sep 2021

Colt Technology Services and Getlink have announced a 25-year contract, which will see Colt install its IQ Network through the Channel Tunnel, allowing a transfer capacity of several Tbps per fibre pair. This agreement is expected to generate a minimum of EUR185 million (USD218.7 million) over the period for Getlink, with more than a third secured over the first five years. Colt will carry out the installation and entire operation of the IQ Network in accordance with the Channel Tunnel’s safety and security regulations, while Getlink will be responsible for maintenance. Colt will fully commercialise Getlink’s Channel Tunnel fibre and increase Getlink’s internal telecoms capacity – a unique subsea infrastructure and connectivity route that has never seen downtime. The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps-optimised, high bandwidth and low latency network that connects over 900 data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings globally.

Retelit and WIS Telecom have reached an agreement to cooperate on the 400Gbps technology upgrade of the Italy Greece-1 (IG-1) submarine cable system and the creation of a new low latency fibre-optic network route between Western Europe and the Balkan Peninsula, which is expected to be ready for service (RFS) in October 2021. Under the agreement, WIS will extend a fibre-optic backhaul network from the IG-1 cable landing station to connect with Retelit’s optical network at the latter’s Bari PoP. Through this new diverse route, WIS and Retelit say they will offer low latency 10Gbps/100Gbps wavelength data transport connections from Milan, Rome, and other major Western European data centres to Athens, Albania, Kosovo and other destinations across the Balkan Peninsula.

The Guyanese government has granted local ISP E-Networks permission to land, install and operate a fibre-optic submarine cable that will connect Guyana to Suriname. Local website Stabroek News – which cites the country’s Official Gazette – notes that the amendment to E-Networks’ licence took effect on 12 August, allowing it to start work on the project immediately.

Elsewhere, Hong Kong-registered PEACE Cable International Network has confirmed that Telkom Kenya will serve as the Kenyan landing party for the new 15,000km Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe Cable (PEACE Cable). The new system is slated to enter operations in Q1 2022.

Over in the US, South Reach Networks (SRN) and Infinera have announced that SRN’s south-east US long-haul and metro networks are now live. The new fibre network spans more than 400 miles along the Florida coast and offers Ethernet and Wavelength services to connect data centres, service providers and enterprise customers across the south-east.

Finally, Horizon, a fibre-optic broadband company operating out of Columbus, Ohio, has acquired Consolidated Cooperative’s commercial fibre business to expand its Midwest footprint and better meet the needs of its growing customer base. The acquisition adds 450 miles of fibre into Horizon’s existing Columbus network and extends it north through Delaware, Marion and Richland counties. Consolidated will retain its residential fibre internet services.

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