HAVFRUE
Consortium including Facebook, Google, announces contract in force for TE SubCom as supplier for HAVFRUE cable system
Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company (NYSE: TEL) and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, with a consortium including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook and Google, today announced that a contract has come into force for TE SubCom to supply the HAVFRUE Cable System. HAVFRUE, the Danish word for mermaid, is the first new cable system in almost two decades that will traverse the North Atlantic to connect mainland Northern Europe to the U.S.A.

As previously announced, marine route survey operations for HAVFRUE have been launched and are now in progress.    

The system is comprised of a trunk cable connecting New Jersey, U.S.A. to the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark with a branch landing in County Mayo, Ireland. Optional branch extensions to Northern and Southern Norway are also included in the design. The cable will bring modern, high-capacity connectivity to Northern Europe, where data center construction has been increasing to support the need for cloud services.

As supplier for the system, SubCom will incorporate their Wavelength Selective Switching Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (WSS-ROADM) for flexible wavelength allocation over the system design life. The HAVFRUE cable system will be optimized for coherent transmission and will offer a cross-sectional cable capacity of 108Tbps, scalable to higher capacities utilizing future generation SLTE technology. The combination of these elements will make the HAVFRUE system a powerful and flexible solution for current uses while also providing an easy upgrade path to accommodate future advances in subsea connectivity technology.

“It is genuinely a pleasure to be working with TE SubCom on another great transatlantic project so soon after they completed America Europe Connect-1 for us”, said Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms. “The pedigree and reliability of the products coupled with the experience and dedication of the team is always evident when working alongside them.”

“We are very pleased to be working with TE SubCom to extend our Norwegian sustainable data center and network infrastructure”, said Peder Naerboe, Chairman and Owner of Bulk Infrastructure. “The quality and experience they have delivered to Norway´s two cables from Andenes to Svalbard above the Arctic Circle makes a very convincing reference to us.”

The system will be owned and operated by multiple parties, including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure, Facebook and Google. Aqua Comms, the Irish cable owner/operator and carriers’ carrier, will serve as the system operator and landing party in U.S.A., Ireland and Denmark. Bulk Infrastructure of Norway will be the owner and landing party for the Norwegian branch options.

For more information, please visit: http://www.te.com

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