TAT-14 undersea cable system completes final phase

Aug. 9, 2001--The TAT-14 consortium, a group of global telecommunications companies, announced the full ring completion of the Transatlantic 14 undersea cable system which now provides multinational companies with flexibility and fully protected service for Internet, data and voice traffic between the U.S. and Europe.

Aug 9th, 2001

The TAT-14 consortium, a group of global telecommunications companies, announced the full ring completion of the Transatlantic 14 (TAT-14) undersea cable system which now provides multinational companies with flexibility and fully protected service for Internet, data and voice traffic between the U.S. and Europe. More than half of the total capacity of TAT-14 is already under activation.

Claiming to be a first-of-its-kind submarine cable system, TAT-14 allows global businesses sending transatlantic data and voice information to maintain uninterrupted service via an alternate path in the event of a cable breakage. As a network directly connecting the US, UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, TAT-14 provides telecommunications carriers with a portability design that seamlessly shifts bandwidth capacity based upon the change in demand. TAT-14 has the ability to modify the amount of traffic from one landing station to another faster than other systems.

TAT-14 is purportedly the only transatlantic system fully equipped to handle 1.3 Tbit/s. At $1.4 billion, the project came in below the projected cost of $1.5 billion. The network went online as a fully protected system on July 5, 2001 with U.S. landing stations in Manasquan and Tuckerton, New Jersey; Noerre Nebel in Denmark; Norden in Germany; Katwijk in the Netherlands; Saint-Valery-en-Caux in France and Bude in the United Kingdom.

The TAT-14 ring network was designed and built by a consortium of 48 telecommunications providers including Concert, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, KPNQwest, MFN, Sprint, Swisscom, Telenor, Telia and WorldCom. The network provides fast, flexible, reliable and cost-effective service to customers who require broadband networks with multiple global connections. Industries such as financial services are using the TAT-14 cable system to support proprietary data transmissions and trading. At 640 Gbit/s protected capacity, TAT-14 provides businesses with the security and portability to send massive volumes of data between the US and Europe at any time.

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For more information, visit https://www.tat-14.com.

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