Yesterday Orange offered up an update on the Amitié cable system. The 6,600km transatlantic fiber project has officially come ashore on the Gironde coast near Bordeaux. The project used horizontal directional drilling 20 meters under the beach to avoid harming the local ecosystem.
The Amitié consortium includes Facebook, Microsoft, Aqua Comms, and Vodafone, while Orange is the landing party for the Le Porge landing and owns the part out to 12 nautical miles from the French shoreline. They will also come out of the process having 2 fiber pairs on the cable on an IRU basis. Meanwhile, Alcatel Submarine Networks is the turnkey supplier.
Despite all those moving parts, along with their previous landings in Cornwall in the UK and Massachusetts in the USA, the cable remains on track. If all goes well it should be ready for service early in 2022, bringing 16 fiber pairs to the market with each having a design capacity of some 23Tbps.
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