LONDON, PARIS and TORONTO – Today Crosslake Fibre, an international supplier and developer of unique submarine and terrestrial fiber networks, announces its latest submarine cable project, CrossChannel Fiber. This historic next generation 550 km cable is the first submarine fiber optic cable to be built in the English Channel in nearly twenty years and will link Slough (United Kingdom) and Paris (France). This new submarine cable is designed to support the increased demand for bandwidth from telecom operators, businesses, content providers, as well as finance, games and media that require high capacity, low latency connectivity. This multi-fiber, relayless system will have 96 pairs of fibers, each with a throughput of more than 20 terabytes per second, and will be ready for entry-into-service in the fall of 2021.
To support this project, Crosslake Fibre has engaged EGS, a large global provider of cartography and marine services, to carry out maritime and landfill surveys for the project. Crosslake Fibre has implemented the maritime survey contract and the related activities have started.
"We are very pleased to launch this historic submarine project and to offer a much-needed new connection via the English Channel to connect the critical data centers of Slough and Paris. This new fiber infrastructure has been optimized to create the shortest path between these two data centers, providing users with an improved technical solution and significantly lower operating costs. With the continued increase in bandwidth demand, which the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated, submarine cables have never been more critical to the functioning of the Internet backbone," says Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre. "The maritime survey is an essential milestone in the development of underwater projects. This is why key partners such as EGS are important, as long as they have the know-how and specialized knowledge to guarantee an effective reading of the journey and, ultimately, to pave the way for optimal cable deployment."
In addition, Crosslake Fibre's capital partner, Tiger Infrastructure Partners, has invested new capital in the Crosslake platform to support the CrossChannel Fiber system and stimulate growth and the development of new projects.
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