TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity company, has signed a system supplier contract for the HAVFRUE cable system with a consortium including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook, and others.
HAVFRUE, the Danish word for mermaid, will connect mainland Northern Europe to the USA.
The system is comprised of a trunk cable connecting New Jersey, USA to the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark with a branch landing in County Mayo, Ireland. Optional branch extensions to Northern and Southern Norway are also included in the design.
Route survey operations for the system have began and system is expected to be ready-for-service (RFS) in Q4 2019.
As supplier for the system, SubCom will incorporate their wavelength selective switching reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexer (WSS-ROADM) for flexible wavelength allocation over the system design life.
The HAVFRUE cable system will be optimized for coherent transmission and will offer a cross-sectional cable capacity of 108Tbps, scalable to higher capacities utilizing future generation SLTE technology.
“The HAVFRUE cable will provide state-of-the-art connectivity for increasing needs of users, ranging from individual consumers to businesses and the research community. SubCom is proud to be selected as the supplier for this project,” said Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom.
The system will be owned and operated by multiple parties, including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook and others.
Aqua Comms, the Irish cable owner/operator will serve as the system operator and landing party in USA, Ireland, and Denmark. Bulk Infrastructure of Norway will be the owner and landing party for the Norwegian branch options.