Zayo Group hops onto Hibernia Express 100 Gbps transatlantic network

Hibernia Networks has locked in a deal with Zayo Group that will give Zayo customers a secure, high-speed extension to Europe as part of the new Hibernia Express transatlantic cable currently being deployed. As the first high-speed fiber optic cable that's been laid between Europe in North America in more than 12 years, the cable will provide 100 Gbps transmission capacity between the two continents.

"We are pleased that Zayo has selected Hibernia Express for the additional capacity required to meet growing customer demand across the Atlantic," said Omar Altaji, chief commercial officer at Hibernia. "This further strengthens the mutually beneficial partnership between Zayo and Hibernia, and we look forward to continuing the relationship to build a better connected network together."

The new Hibernia Express cable will span 4,800 km, connecting Halifax, Nova Scotia to Brean, UK, with a branch off to Cork, Ireland. Ships are either preparing to deploy or have begun deploying the 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, of which a portion will be optimized for 100x100 Gbps design capacity. When Hibernia Express is officially lit in September 2015, it will offer 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE Subcom's C100 SLTE platform, the company said in a release.

Zayo, for its part, said the partnership is a "proactive approach" to increasing customer demand for bandwidth on dedicated, secure networks. "Through the relationship with Hibernia Networks, Zayo is able to extend its transatlantic capabilities and fuel customers with end-to-end solutions that meet their high bandwidth demands," said David Howson, president of Zayo International, in a press release.

Zayo Group has built its reputation among enterprise customers over the past several years, offering a range of dark fiber, mobile, cloud and connectivity services--including 45 carrier-neutral data centers--across the U.S. and throughout Europe. The company boosted its U.S. fiber footprint in the Wichita, Kan., area, with its purchase of IdeaTek in January.

The agreement with Hibernia will give it additional high-speed, low-latency capacity that it can offer to customers on both sides of the pond.

Hibernia Express route

The planned Hibernia Express cable route. (Source: Hibernia Networks)

For more:
- see the Hibernia release
- and Zayo's announcement

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