The Norwegian firm Bulk Infrastructure officially has an anchor customer for its piece of the HAVFRUE transatlantic cable. Amazon Web Services has signed up to use a substantial chunk of the system’s capacity.
HAVFRUE will connect NJFX on the coast of New Jersey with Ireland, Denmark, and Norway. Bulk Infrastructure will be the owner and landing party for the Norwegian leg and is also building a new facility near the landing station in western Denmark.
HAVFRUE is expected to be ready for service in Q4 of this year. When complete he cable system will provide a new route into Scandinavia markets from the Americas that bypasses the usual stops in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and the like.
In late 2018 Amazon expanded its cloud infrastructure with new core and edge locations throughout the Nordic region, and having substantial capacity on this new route has clearly been part of the plan all along. While Google and Facebook have been more public about their investments in the space, Amazon Web Services’ appetite for subsea diversity and capacity has been driving things just as much.
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