There were several interesting announcements of new subsea cable systems at ITW, as well as an interesting connection across what is both a shorter and longer gulf:
Cleareon announced the NYNJ-1 cable, a new underwater connection between Westbury out on Long Island and Wall Township on the New Jersey coast. The route bypasses New York City itself entirely, and is apparently a separate effort from the similar cable being put in place by CrossLake Fiber. Cleareon’s NYNJ-1 will be online in Q4 of this year if all goes well, with only 100G wavelengths on the menu. The endpoint on the NY side will be at 1025Connect.
Seaborn Networks has picked the PoP for the Argentina end of its ARBR submarine cable project it is building down from Brazil. EdgeConneX’s new edge data center in Buenos Aires will host the point of presence. EdgeConneX’s first Argentina location was announced in January and will be at Parque Industrial Pilar. Seaborn’s submarine cable is planed to go online in Q1 of 2019.
GlobeNet is also making a move south from Brazil down to Argentina. The regional submarine and terrestrial wholesaler is deploying a 2,500km submarine cable system from Sao Paolo to Buenos Aires, and is targeting a ready-for-service date in the first half of 2020. The system will land at Praia Grande in Brazil, and in Las Toninas on the Argentina end, which is to the southeast of Buenos Aires.
And finally, HGC and China Telecom are cooperating on a new cable system connecting Hong Kong and mainland China. The two have entered into a memorandum of understanding to interconnect via the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, so it doesn’t actually get wet. The system will offer 8Tbps along the 6-lane, 22km vehicle bridge west from Hong Kong, which is expected to open this July.
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