Equinix, the interconnection and data center company, is working with AquaComms, a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions, on the deployment of its new transatlantic fiber optic system, America Europe Connect (AEConnect).
Scheduled to be ready for service before the end of 2015, AEConnect, spanning more than 5,400 km across the Atlantic between Long Island, NY and the West Coast of Ireland with stubbed branching units for future landings, should provide high capacity connectivity from New York to London and beyond to greater Europe.
Equinix’s New York and London International Business Exchange (IBX) data center campuses serve as carrier-neutral network access points for AquaComms to connect its low latency subsea cable route.
AquaComms’ AEConnect is one of the first subsea cables between New York City and London in nearly 15 years. According to the company, with more than 52 Tbps of available capacity, the 100G compliant system will utilize the latest optical technologies to provide the most advanced subsea system, coupled with a control plane based on a SDN platform to serve bandwidth-intensive applications.
Greg Varisco, chief operating officer, AquaComms, said: “Responding to the demand AquaComms is seeing for high capacity, high reliability connectivity between North America and Europe, we made a strategic decision to deploy with Equinix. Their data centers in New York and London act as major international hubs for network traffic, offering our customers the ability to extend existing networks or expand into new markets.”
Jim Poole, vice president, global service providers, Equinix, stated: “Equinix has the largest concentration of NSP/CSP’s, financial, media and entertainment, gaming, e-Commerce customers available in our business ecosystems. This new bilateral submarine connectivity gives both Equinix and AquaComms’ customers yet another choice for driving business advantage in today’s global economy.”