PacketFabric to use AEConnect submarine network for transatlantic connectivity

Aqua Comms says it will supply access to its transatlantic America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) submarine network to PacketFabric, which offers cloud network-as-a-service via a software-defined networking (SDN) platform. The agreement will enable PacketFabric to extend its operations to Europe while providing Aqua Comms with the ability to market it services in the more than 150 colocation facilities across 17 U.S. markets where PacketFabric operates.

Aqua Comms says it will supply access to its transatlantic America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) submarine network to PacketFabric, which offers cloud network-as-a-service via a software-defined networking (SDN) platform. The agreement will enable PacketFabric to extend its operations to Europe while providing Aqua Comms with the ability to market it services in the more than 150 colocation facilities across 17 U.S. markets where PacketFabric operates.

AEConnect connects the U.S. to the UK and Ireland (see "America-Europe Connect submarine cable network completes marine construction"). PacketFabric, a NantWorks company, launched its SDN platform at the beginning of this year (see "PacketFabric offers SDN-enabled cloud networking with terabits capacity"). The PacketFabric network offers an initial capacity of multiple terabits, with the ability to scale to the petabit level in the future.

"Leveraging AEConnect to establish end-to-end high-capacity transatlantic connectivity extends the reach of our network to provide more customers with scalable, reliable, and secure access to network and cloud environments in the U.S. as well as internationally," said William Charnock, CEO of PacketFabric. "AEConnect's state-of-the-art technology allows PacketFabric to further future-proof our terabit-scale networking infrastructure as well as obtain additional route diversity for network reliability. The subsea cable system is a key part of our global connectivity strategy."

"We're excited to partner with PacketFabric and help extend the international reach of its network with secure, low-latency connectivity via AEConnect," added Andy Hudson, chief networks officer at Aqua Comms. "This mutually beneficial partnership will also expand Aqua Comms' North American footprint, enabling us to serve a wider range of customers across the continental United States."

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