Zayo Plots New North Sea Cable

July 23rd, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

The connectivity between the UK and the rest of Europe has always been a key piece of global infrastructure, and Brexit hasn't really changed anything in that regard. Zayo yesterday announced plans to add a whole bunch more capacity between the southwestern coast of England and the Netherlands.

The new cable will run parallel to Zayo's existing Circe North cable. It will stretch from Lowestoft in the UK directly over to Zandvoort, just west of Amsterdam. The potential capacity the new cable represents will be north of 4,000Tbps, or 4 petabits per second, which will add a major amount of diverse capacity between the two key markets of London and Amsterdam.

Given the large amount of economic activity in the area, Zayo will be taking steps to protect the new cable system against the stray anchor or fishing vessel. They will be using double-armored 192-fiber cable with increased crush resistance, and will be burying it 2-3 meters below the surface of the sea bed.

The new cable is expected to be ready by the first quarter of 2022. Zayo is also looking to do the same thing in parallel to its existing Circe South route between the UK and France.

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Categories: Fiber Networks · Undersea cables

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