Hibernia Further Reduces Transatlantic Latency

January 18th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

With its new Hibernia Express cable now the fastest way to send data between New York and London, Hibernia networks isn't resting on its laurels. Today they found a way to cut that latency further.

Hibernia's new Express cable finally came online back in September, the first new transatlantic system in more than a decade.  With its transatlantic latency at 44.92ms and NYC-London at sub 58.95ms, they have taken to the air to cement their advantage. On the backhaul route between the UK cable landing station and London they now procured alternative backhaul routes that use 'state-of-the-art RF transmission technology' in parallel to the usual fiber.

Of course, microwave is always faster than fiber due to the fact that the speed of light in fiber is just two thirds of what it is in air. For truly latency-sensitive applications, the extra milliseconds gained can make a big difference, albeit with tradeoffs in cost, capacity, and reliability, and the financial markets have historically been the big driver.  But other applications across a range of industries are now demanding better latency, with the cloud helping facilitate the shift.

 

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