Transatlantic fibre-optic cable to come ashore at Killala

Posted in Connect on August 14, 2015.

Transatlantic fibre-optic cable has come ashore at Killala

A $300 million transatlantic cable has been brought ashore on Ross Strand in Killala. The fibre-optic cable, which will enable superfast internet connection is owned and operated by Irish company Aqua Comms and will run directly from Long Island in New York to Ross Strand.

The cable is expected to generate a major economic boost for the west of Ireland. It has the capacity to handle up to one-third of the world’s telephone calls and can cover the entire internet traffic of Europe and the US. The system is expected to go live in early 2016 and will enable 53.8 millisecond transfer speeds across the Atlantic.

Silicon Republic describes Mayo as “Europe’s entry point to a vastly superior service when construction is completed by next year.” These connections are expected to create “thousands of jobs” in data centre operations. It will have a 53.8 millisecond latency and be capable of handling a third of the world’s phone calls, with over 1.6 million simultaneous Ultra HD video channels, or over 32 million LTE wireless callers.

CEO Martin Roche said, “It will also be the most secure transatlantic cable system, due to the carefully mapped route and the design built into the construction of this project.”

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “This new digital infrastructure is essential to help create jobs and new business opportunities across Ireland,”.

Local councillor Jarlath Munnelly said the project could ‘transform’ Killala and the north Mayo region. “This is an exciting project, which I am enthusiastically supportive of. It has the potential to transform North Mayo, not just Killala, by enhancing the telecommunications infrastructure in the area, and putting Ireland and Mayo into the centre of a global network,” said the councillor.

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