Thursday, January 12, 2012

Preparation Work Proceeds on Hibernia Atlantic's Next Cable

Huawei Marine Networks Co., has received a construction contract for Hibernia Atlantic’s Global Financial Network (GFN) Project Express.

The first phase of the project’s marine survey work is complete and Huawei Marine is now commencing the manufacturing of the necessary cables and wet plant for the project. The companies anticipate the Project Express segment of the GFN will be ready for service during the summer of 2013. The system will involve a minimum of a 4-fibre pair repeatered submarine cable, providing connectivity between New York and London, initially using 40G technology with upgrades to 100G planned in the future.

The first phase of the system begins with laying a 4600KM cable from Brean in Somerset, United Kingdom to Halifax, Canada. This cable will then connect to Hibernia Atlantic’s current low latency cable, which runs from Halifax to the United States, passing from Lynn, near Boston, and onwards to New York. The new system will also include five branching units for future connectivity enhancements to the United States, Continental Europe, and Ireland.