EXA Infrastructure has revealed some substantial additional transatlantic diversity this week. They have taken up capacity on two additional cables, one taking a northern route and the other a more southerly one. The moves boost their routing options for transatlantic data from three to five.
Yesterday EXA announced a strategic partnership with Bulk Fiber Networks that will put them on the Havfrue cable system. Havfrue connects New Jersey’s NJFX and Bulk’s campuses at Kristiansand in Norway and Esbjerg in Denmark. Bulk has put a lot of resources into infrastructure in both locations over the last few years. The cable went into service in 2020.
That news was followed up today by a deal for capacity on the Dunant cable system. Dunant connects Virginia Beach on the US east coast with Bordeaux, France, enabling routes from Ashburn to Paris and other key European destinations. Dunant also went into service in 2020 and was developed by Google with some help from Orange.
The company’s transatlantic options until now have been on the infrastructure they own that derives from Hibernia’s buildouts. Combined with their other work on the TAE system to the east and with EllaLink on the Olisipo project down to Portugal and beyond, it seems clear that EXA is looking to invest substantial resources in depth outside of its more traditional European infrastructure markets.
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