The CrossChannel Fibre System is First Across Channel in 20 Years
Crosslake Fibre announced its newest subsea cable project, CrossChannel Fibre. The historic, next-generation 550km cable is the first fiber-optic subsea cable to be built across the English Channel in nearly 20 years and will connect Slough in the United Kingdom and Paris, France. This new subsea cable is designed to support the increase in bandwidth requirements from telecoms, enterprises, content providers, as well as financial, gaming, and media companies that require high capacity, low latency connectivity. The high fiber count, non-repeatered system will contain 96 fiber pairs, each providing over 20 terabits per second of capacity throughput, and will be ready for service in the fall of 2021.
“We are excited to launch this historic subsea project and deliver a new, much-needed connection across the English Channel connecting the critically important data hubs of Slough and Paris. This new fibre infrastructure has been optimized to create the shortest path between the two data hubs, providing users with an enhanced technical solution and materially lowering operating costs. With the continued increase in bandwidth demand further accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, subsea cables have never been more critical to the functioning of the backbone of the Internet,” comments Mike Cunningham, CEO for Crosslake Fibre.
To support this project, Crosslake Fibre has engaged EGS, a leading global provider of marine surveys and services, to undertake the marine and burial surveys for the project. In addition, Crosslake Fibre’s capital partner, Tiger Infrastructure Partners, has invested additional capital into the Crosslake platform to support the CrossChannel Fibre system and advance the growth and development of new projects.
The unique projects Crosslake Fibre undertakes, shows its expertise and ability to successfully develop and deploy infrastructure projects globally. The company last year completed the first cable system to traverse Lake Ontario, connecting Toronto and New York. To learn more, visit www.crosslakefibre.ca.