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Bad weather stops laying of submarine cable between UK and France • The Register – .


Strong winds and rough seas have delayed the deployment of a new submarine fiber cable crossing the Channel and connecting data centers in France and the UK.

The cable, called CrossChannel Fiber, is to link Equinix’s data centers in London and Paris via Brighton on the south coast of England and Veules-les-Roses near Dieppe.

Work was due to start this week, but the arrival of autumn thunderstorms forced the suspension of the laying of cables until calmer weather was announced.

When completed, the CrossChannel Fiber will be the first submarine fiber optic project laid across the English Channel in nearly 20 years. Built by Crosslake Fiber and terminating in Equinix data centers, the 520 km cable is expected to be capable of delivering over 20 terabits per fiber pair, of which 96.

The authors of the project claim that it will provide the lowest latency fiber network between the capitals of England and France. It should be ready for commissioning later this year.

A spokesperson for Crosslake Fiber, who is working with Equinix on the project, said: “We’re a day or two behind at the moment due to weather conditions, as some of the work is weather sensitive. [This is] nothing abnormal for work at sea, [and] any shutdown is of a temporary nature. “

They added: “No submarine cable has been laid. Landing work ashore is weather sensitive as we need ships that can essentially run aground so we are waiting for a window to do it in Brighton. “

Work was scheduled to start on Monday and, weather permitting, is expected to last about three weeks.

In other cable news, the 2Africa consortium – which includes China Mobile International, Facebook, Orange, Telecom Egypt and Vodafone – has successfully added another branch of its submarine cable called 2Africa PEARLS, which connects Africa. , Europe and Asia.

Unhindered by the rapid weather systems sweeping across the Atlantic, the 2Africa consortium has extended its reach to the Persian Gulf, India and Pakistan, he confirmed today.

It brings the total length of the 2Africa cable system to over 45,000 km, making it “the longest submarine cable system ever deployed”.

Kevin Salvadori, vice president of network infrastructure at Facebook, one of the authors of the project, explained that Africa is the “least connected continent, with only a quarter of its 1.3 billion inhabitants connected. to the Internet ”.

“The 2Africa submarine cable system will provide nearly three times the total network capacity of all submarine cables serving Africa today,” he added.

Earlier this month, Google’s last transatlantic submarine cable finally landed in Cornwall, more than a year after the mega-corporation revealed plans to connect the UK and US.

The arrival of the Grace Hopper Cable – named after the computer pioneer – has successfully landed the Google-funded 16-fiber (32-fiber) cable near Bude on the scenic North Cornish coast. ®

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