Laser Light Signs On With Confluence-1

April 23rd, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

One of the more interesting subsea cable projects currently on the drawing board got a boost this morning. Confluence Networks has lined up an anchor tenant for the Confluence-1 cable system along the east coast of the US. Laser Light Communications Inc. has signed on for a 25-year agreement totaling over $20M for a piece of the system.

The idea behind Confluence-1 is to build a watery alternative to all that fiber along the I-95 corridor. As currently designed the cable will connect landing stations and data centers in Wall NJ, Virginia Beach VA, Myrtle Beach SC, Jacksonville FL, and Boca Raton FL covering a total of some 1,200 miles. With 24 fiber pairs and a total assignable capacity of some 1800Tbps, Confluence-1 would certainly change things up for infrastructure along the east coast.

Laser Light gains ‘certain dark fiber assets’ on the cable system which it would use as a key element for its network infrastructure. Laser Light is building a ‘network of networks’ out of subsea, terrestrial, and satellite connectivity leveraging next generation automation and artificial intelligence. Their plan is to go live in 2026 with the satellite piece joining the party in early 2027.

Confluence-1’s RFS date is currently targeted at Q1 2026.  MasTec Inc. is the primary force behind the project, with SubCom, APTelecom, Morgan Lewis and WSP each doing their thing.  I’d guess that one or more of the big hyperscale names are somewhere in the background for all this as well, talking if nothing else.    

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