PCCW Global and Aqua Comms collaborate to set up the AEConnect Project

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: PCCW Global announced its cooperation with Aqua Comms, a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions. The partnership is aimed at delivering transatlantic capacity on Aqua Comms’ America Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea fiber optic cable system to allow PCCW Global obtain additional route diversity.

Jordick Wong, Senior Vice President, Product and Vendor Management, PCCW Global, said, “Aqua Comms’ AEConnect provides additional capacity, reliability, and security which PCCW Global integrates into its global network thereby delivering new low latency connectivity between New York and London. We are confident that the AEConnect cable system provides the upward scalability and performance necessary to satisfy our business objectives.”

AEConnect is one of the very old subsea cables connected between New York City and Londondesigned to meet the exponential surge in bandwidth demand from carriers, global data centers, cloud-based networks, financial services companies, and content providers. AEConnect system uses innovative optical technologies, comprising of the latest technology highlighting 130x100 gbps per fiber pair. Spanning more than 5,536 kms across the Atlantic and with available capacity of more 52 Tbps, it provides the most secure transatlantic cable.

The cable travels the minimum stretch of shallow water along the continental shelf on both the sides of the Atlantic, avoiding major fishing grounds and shipping anchorage areas that are known to expose subsea cables to damage. Moreover, armoring and deeper burial helps to further mitigate vulnerability. The cable delivers one of the lowest latency crossings of the Atlantic, projected at a speed of 53.9 milliseconds.

AEConnect, with its next-generation fiber optic cable system is offering diversity between two of its major international hubs. This sophisticated and secure transatlantic system is future-proofed against increased capacity requirements. It will not only improve the global communications network but also help connect communities.