Hexatronic Group AB to supply fiber submarine cable for Crosslake Fibre's Lake Ontario network

Crosslake Fibre says it has chosen Swedish group Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB to supply the high-fiber count submarine cable, and Maritech International Ltd. to construct the horizontal directional drilled (HDD) shore ends for its 58-km fiber-optic submarine cable project linking Toronto, Canada to Buffalo, NY. The undersea cable system provides physical diversity from other routes between the two cities, as well as lower latency than alternate paths.

Crosslake Fibre says it has chosen Swedish group Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems AB to supply the high-fiber count submarine cable, and Maritech International Ltd. to construct the horizontal directional drilled (HDD) shore ends for its 58-km fiber-optic submarine cable project linking Toronto, Canada to Buffalo, NY. The undersea cable system provides physical diversity from other routes between the two cities, as well as lower latency than alternate paths.

"Horizontal directional drilling is the way to go when installing a cable in an urban area," said Byron Skaftouros, Maritech project and development director. "The construction is short in duration, limited to a small area via non-intrusive techniques with ducts that can be re-used, and the protection it offers is unsurpassed making it an ideal solution for Crosslake. Every landing site for submarine cables is unique and Maritech has the in-house engineering and global experience to keep the connections simple and efficient."

Crosslake first announced its infrastructure project in May 2017 (see "Crosslake Fibre plans submarine cable across Lake Ontario"). The unrepeatered submarine fiber-optic cable system will be the first system directly connecting Toronto and Buffalo with dark fiber across Lake Ontario, the company attests.

In November 2017, Pioneer's GoCable.io routing software was used to create a desktop study that formed the basis of the marine route survey and route engineering work (see "Pioneer Consulting assists Crosslake Fibre with a fiber-optic subsea submarine cable connecting Toronto to Buffalo"). Crosslake says that survey is now complete. According to the supplier, project funding is also complete, and the subsea fiber-optic network should be ready for service by October 2018.

"To meet customer demand on the high-density route between Toronto and New York, Crosslake Fibre requires a high-fiber-count, high-performance cable," said Mike Cunningham, Crosslake Fibre chief executive officer. "Hexatronic's double armored, 96-pair, ribbon cable provides us with an optimal solution for a high-performance cable."

Crosslake has also announced plans to build a submarine cable directly connecting Wall, NJ, to Long Island, NY, which it says will be ready for service by June 2019 (see "Crosslake Fiber plans to connect NJ and NY with fiber-optic submarine cable").

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