wiredinUSA August 2020

The marine survey is being undertaken by EGS

Channel crossing

Canadian company Crosslake Fibre has announced its plans to build a new subsea cable, CrossChannel Fibre. The 550km fiber optic system will be the first to be built across the English Channel in almost 20 years. The cable is designed to support the increase in bandwidth requirements from telecommunications and content providers, as well as financial, gaming and media companies requiring high capacity, low latency connectivity. “We are excited to launch this historic subsea project and deliver a new, much needed connection across the English Channel, connecting the critically important data hubs of Slough and Paris,” said Mike Cunningham, CEO for Crosslake Fibre. “This new fiber infrastructure has been optimized to create the shortest path between the two data hubs, providing

users with an enhanced technical solution and materially lowering operating costs,” he added. The non-repeatered system will feature 96 fiber pairs, each providing over 20Tbps of capacity throughput. Crosslake Fibre is working with EGS, a provider of marine surveys and services, to undertake the marine and burial surveys for the project. The marine survey contract is agreed and survey activities have begun. Deborah Jenkins, UK director for EGS, commented: “The marine survey is a critical aspect for any new cable system, and we will be conducting geophysical and geotechnical surveys that will enable an optimized route design.”

wiredInUSA - August 2020


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