Serving as a Model for Future CLS Projects Globally
Earlier this year, before the world was overtaken by the COVID-19 health crisis, a group of delegates from Ecuador and Chile visited NJFX’s Wall, NJ Cable Landing Station (CLS) for a tour as a feasibility study for a future project. The delegation hoped to learn more about achieving an optimal model of interconnection, a feat that is all too familiar to NJFX. The project in question, dubbed the “Asia South America Digital Gateway”, will connect the west coast of South America to Asia via subsea cable.
The goals include assisting Chilean and Ecuadorian government decision-makers to better grasp considerations such as best practices and factors to consider when selecting telecommunications service and technology providers. The added benefit for the U.S. is positioning American providers in these markets for new projects. NJFX was chosen as a facility to highlight by the organizers of the trade delegation because of its strategic location and forward-thinking carrier-neutral, ecosystem approach.
“We are pleased to know that NJFX is being looked at as an industry standard when it comes to an interconnected CLS campus. Our location, just outside of congested New York, but still within 60 miles of one of the most active telecommunications hubs in the world, is crucial to our day-to-day operations,” commented Sarah Kurtz, NJFX’s Business Development Manager. “Members of the delegation were most interested in facility operations, as well as security and backup power systems.”
“We learned a lot about considerations for power, backup power, location and more,” stated Natalia López, the Head of the Telecommunications Development Fund Division for the government of Chile. “We found our tour of the NJFX facility enlightening and fascinating. It’s truly a unique campus with access to several subsea and terrestrial routes.” López is the lead on the upcoming project.
NJFX’s involvement in this project further demonstrates their commitment to better connecting the LATAM region with the rest of the world. The NJFX team also participated in Capacity LATAM where they spoke on panels such as “Regional Peering Update: Evaluating the Evolution of Multi-lateral Peering in Latin America” and “What are the Challenges to Meet the Boom in Demand for Data Centre and Cloud Computing Services: Understanding the Roadmap to Successful Expansion”.