Western Europe has another path to get data between England and the Netherlands. And path may not be the right word given the amount of potential bandwidth euNetworks has built out. The western European bandwidth infrastructure provider has announced the completion of a new infrastructure project with both a subsea and terrestrial component between the two countries.
The new Scylla cable connects Lowestoft with Ijmuiden, the first new subsea cable between the UK and Netherlands in more than two decades. The double-armored cable consists of non-hybrid 96 pairs of fiber, using Corning’s SMF28 ULL G654.C pure silica fiber. The unrepeatered link spans 211km between cable landing stations, along which they used a CAPJET trenching system to lay 2-3 meters deep to keep it safe.
From IJmuiden euNetworks has also completed a new fiber route on to Amsterdam. When combined with the recently completed SuperHighway 1 infrastructure, the new build offers a new and fully diverse routes between both Amsterdam and London and Amsterdam and Dublin.
euNetworks has put a lot of resources into this part of its network over the last few years, and now they need a new project. Where might that ‘Superhighway’ take aim at next? Scylla, by the way, was a legendary monster from Homer’s Odyssey, occupying one side of a narrow strait of water between Sicily and the Italian mainland, across the water from fellow sea-monster Charybdis. So if one were to look for a bit of mythical symmetry, the name Charybdis could perhaps be used for another subsea cable nearby, perhaps on the other side of the English Channel? Just speculating.
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