The eastern coast of the US is one step closer to a wet alternative to the I-95 corridor. Confluence Networks has sold an equity interest in the company to the infrastructure construction company MasTec Inc., raising the funds for a new submarine cable system along the eastern seaboard.
If it comes to fruition, plans call for Confluence-1 to connect New York City with Miami, with branches to Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Jacksonville. That system would offer direct interconnection between key landing stations along the east coast that would be another alternative to the heavily traveled I-95 corridor.
With hyperscalers looking for greater and greater levels of diversity between key nodes, such a cable system makes a lot of sense. The Myrtle Beach landing station would be a new one, offering the potential for future direct subsea access to the Carolinas with perhaps some alternate ways to get to Atlanta and other southeastern markets more directly from overseas.
The cable system will feature 24 fiber pairs and support up to 500Tbps of capacity. If all goes well, the target date is the second half of 2023.
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