Killala transatlantic cable up and running

Posted in Connect on April 27, 2016.


The final connection was made to the Transatlantic cable into Killala last Friday evening.

The 300 million dollar cable, which is already carrying commercial traffic, has the potential to make Mayo a key telecommunications and data gateway, with Microsoft rumoured to be opening up two data centres in the county, one in Killala and another potentially near Knock airport.

Friday’s final connection now means that Killala is at the end of the most advanced cable systems in the world.

Aqua Comms Ltd is the company behind the development and its Chief Technical Officer, Tom McMahon told Teresa that their delighted to have completed this second and final connection.

Chief operating officer for Aquacomms Greg Varisco described the cable as “an excellent opportunity to take advantage of” for the county and that it provides Mayo with “an entrance and exit ramp” to one of the most advanced high speed data connections between the US and Europe.

Earlier this month Aquacomms successfully completed a proof of concept of Ciena’s WaveLogic Encryption solution, demonstrating the ability to safeguard all data at the optical layer on the high-capacity America-Europe Connect (“AEConnect”) cable system, the critical route connected at Killala spans more than 5,400 km across the Atlantic. This confirms that Ciena’s FIPS-certified encryption solution will secure Aqua Comm’s submarine network to address government-mandated regulations for the protection of in-flight data over vast transoceanic distances.

Highly secure, AEConnect transverses the minimum length of shallow water along the continental shelf on both sides of the Atlantic and avoids major fishing grounds and shipping anchorage areas that are known to expose subsea cables to damage. Additional armoring and deeper burial were also obtained to further mitigate potential vulnerability. In addition to its highly secure routing, AEConnect delivers one of the lowest latency crossings of the Atlantic, projected at a speed of 53.9 milliseconds.

Aqua Comms Limited (Aqua Comms) is the owner and operator of the transatlantic cable AEConnect and the Irish Sea cable CeltixConnect.

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