A major milestone for Western Europe as the first subsea cable system to be installed between the United Kingdom and France in more than two decades goes live! Crosslake Fibre’s CrossChannel submarine cable is now Ready for Service (RFS). The cable system directly connects the data centre hubs in Slough, UK with Paris, France and provides low latency connectivity with entirely new, diverse and underground fibre.
CrossChannel is now the lowest latency fibre connectivity between these two vital financial and data centre hubs delivering connectivity in less than 5.5milliseconds round trip delay (RTD). The shorter length of the system also serves to reduce the risk of outages and provides users with lower operating costs given fewer amplification sites. This next generation, high-capacity, 96 fibre pair system is capable of supporting over 2,400Tbps of capacity.
This is crucial to support ever increasing traffic growth driven by the cloud, video, and Internet of Things (IoT).
“The CrossChannel system will provide critical Internet backbone infrastructure across the English Channel for decades to come.We are excited to launch the CrossChannel system, which is the culmination of years of development and incredible effort by the Crosslake Fibre team and its many suppliers.” – Mike Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of Crosslake Fibre
The CrossChannel system is the second submarine cable system that has been developed, and is operated, by Crosslake Fibre, an international Network Service Provider that has carved out a name for itself by developing unique submarine and terrestrial fibre networks.
Crosslake’s Lake Ontario system was put into service in late 2019 to provide connectivity between Toronto and New York with the same low latency, physically diverse design principles.