Emerald taps TESubcom on fiber optic upgrade

Staff writer
16 Mar 2012
Industry news

Emerald Atlantis announced the selection of TE SubCom and the signing of a system supply contract for the construction of the Emerald Express Trans-Atlantic Cable System.

The first phase will provide both low-latency and ultra-high bandwidth capacity between New York and London, with additional fiber connectivity to Iceland and Dublin. This advanced submarine fiber optic system will be 6,700 km in length and achieve the ultra-high trans-Atlantic capacity rates of 100WL x 100Gbs.

“The Emerald Express system’s combination of a 100x100Gbps per fiber pair design, unique route and optimized low latency will enable Emerald Networks to meet the tremendous demand for bandwidth driven by cloud services, while providing Iceland with the required connectivity to support data centers powered by long-term competitively priced, 100% carbon free renewable energy,” said Greg Varisco, president of Emerald Networks.

A significant portion of the marine cable route survey has already been completed with the balance to be conducted in 2012, supporting the Emerald Express system to be ready for service in late 2013.

In addition, the Emerald Express system consists of a high capacity connection to Iceland enabling ultra-low latency connections to Europe and North America, with future expansion provided by a stubbed Branching Unit positioned off Ireland for direct connectivity into Portugal.

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