It’s official: The marine segment of the highly anticipated America Europe Connect (AEConnect) transatlantic cable—the next-generation fiber-optic cable system from subsea network solutions provider Aqua Comms Limited—is now complete.
With the addition of AEConnect, which will be fully functional as of Jan. 31, 2016, Aqua Comms can now facilitate low-latency, high-capacity connectivity from New York to Dublin and London and surrounding markets. The new system is expected to be a connectivity game-changer, bridging the gap between North America and the global marketplace. AEConnect, it should be noted, is one of the first subsea cable lines connecting New York City to London in almost 15 years.
“With the final splice of the subsea portion of AEConnect complete, we stand on the cusp of providing unprecedented transatlantic capacity and reliability connecting New York to London and beyond to greater Europe,” explained Aqua Comms CFO Martin Roche following the announcement.
The 100G-compliant, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) system features 130 Gbps by 100 Gbps fiber connectivity, as well as over 52 Tbps of capacity, making it capable of accommodating the ever-growing bandwidth requirements of today’s cloud network providers, global data centers, carriers, financial services providers and others.
The truly great part about the 5,536 km fiber cable line, however, is that it’s not at full capacity yet. AEConnect also contains strategically placed stubbed branching units, which will allow for future expansion as the Aqua Comms network continues to grow.
AEConnect was made possible by the help of Aqua Comms partner TE SubCom, which provided timely service and expertise in contingency planning and cable laying operations throughout the project.