The pan-European network builder and operator euNetworks raised the curtain this morning on the project it has spent the better part of this year on: building out some brand new fiber across northern England and under the Irish Sea. Super Highway 1 connects Dublin with both London and Lowestoft via a fully diverse route.
From Dublin, the new route heads north to Portrane where it crosses the northern Irish Sea via the new 221km 'Rockabill' submarine cable over to Southport. From there it moves on to Manchester and then takes a new northern route through Leeds and Sheffield before heading down to both London and Lowestoft on the coast. From Lowestoft euNetworks could follow up with a quick similarly diverse hop over to Amsterdam as a possible next step, as that would be a fully diverse way to bypass London.
The rise of the Irish infrastructure market has been largely powered by hyperscale demand, and if there's anything hyperscalers love most it's diversity in their infrastructure. euNetworks is clearly positioning itself to serve that diversity, as in England everything has always seemed to through London and follow many of the same paths to get in and out of the city. This new route offers those guys a new alternative, but it also brings new bandwidth opportunities to markets in northern England that euNetworks will surely find other uses for as well.
The new route uses Corning SMF28 fiber throughout, and adds 4 new ILA/PoP sites, two new cable landing stations, and over 1000km of high-fibre-count cable. McMahon Design & Management helped with the construction of the subsea cable portion. Here's a quick map of euNetworks' new infrastructure:
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