One of the more unique recent fiber buildouts is now complete. Crosslake Fibre announced this morning that its Toronto-New York cable is now live, adding diversity on a route that hasn't seen anything new in decades while cutting latency.
The nature of Crosslake's project is evident in the name of the company: a 'subsea' cable underneath Lake Ontario from Toronto over to New York State north of Buffalo. It features 192 fiber strands and spans just 36 route miles and promises to support 'thousands of terabits per second', which one also might call petabits per second - a phrase we'll have to start using more before long I'd guess. The new route then reaches down to New York City via Ithaca and Binghamton.
That new infrastructure bypasses the more heavily used crossings of the Niagara River and avoids going the long way around to the east. It powers a new ultra-low latency route between Equinix's TR2 and NY4 facilities that takes the distance down below 9ms RTD, and will soon add a node in Manhattan itself at 60 Hudson according to the company's website.
With this project now complete, Crosslake Fibre says it will move onto its next platform: CrossChannel Fibre. I hadn't heard of that yet, but apparently it's what the name suggests: a new link across the English Channel, connecting Paris with the data center cluster in Slough. The company has also been working on a route between New Jersey and Long Island.
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