Lumen takes fiber pair on transatlantic Grace Hopper submarine cable system

Sept. 26, 2022
The fiber pair represents Lumen’s sixth investment in transatlantic submarine network connectivity.

Approximately a year after acquiring a fiber pair on Google’s Dunant submarine network, Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN) says it has again gone transatlantic capacity shopping with Google. Lumen has acquired a fiber pair on the Grace Hopper submarine cable system between New York and Bude, Cornwall, in the UK that Google announced in July 2020 (see “Google to deploy Grace Hopper submarine cable to connect U.S., UK, Spain”). The submarine system will use Lumen landing station and infrastructure services at both ends of the Atlantic.

The fiber pair represents Lumen’s sixth investment in transatlantic submarine network connectivity. Lumen says it is taking orders for capacity on the new route, which Grace Hopper expected to be ready for service this October. Lumen expects the route to prove appealing to global businesses and wholesale providers. The company also will use the capacity to support its IP, voice, and CDN offerings.

"Data flow and capacity demands don't know boundaries. The bandwidth explosion across continents is real and we're meeting it head on by investing in new subsea cables," said Laurinda Pang, Lumen president of global customer success. "The Grace Hopper system is part of Lumen and Google's long history of collaboration. Together, we're building communications infrastructures for secure and reliable delivery of digital enterprise and consumer services around the world. We are pleased to be using our landing stations at these locations, and excited to add another end-to-end intercontinental connection to the Lumen network – one of the most deeply peered networks in the world."

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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