Lumen has added in a major chunk of new transatlantic capacity to its portfolio. The global network operator has invested in an entire fiber pair on the Grace Hopper cable, and says it is now taking orders on the system and will be delivering on those orders sometime in October.
Grace Hopper connects New York with both Bude in Cornwall, UK as well as Bilbao in Spain. It’s a Google project that consists of some 16 fiber pairs and will use ‘fiber switching’ to shift traffic around outages. The project uses Lumen’s landing stations on both ends, so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise they are as deeply involved as this.
The investment will put Lumen on six subsea transatlantic systems, including their recent purchase of capacity on the Dunant cable between Virginia and France. Those two modern systems will likely carry the bulk of capacity going forward, taking over from older systems like the AC-1 and AC-2 cables Lumen inherited from Global Crossing via Level 3, the latter of which uses the same Bude landing station as Grace Hopper.
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