CenturyLink activates 100-Gbps wavelengths on AEConnect transatlantic submarine network

July 25, 2016
Aqua Comms Ltd., which owns and operates the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) submarine netweork, says that CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has activated a pair of 100-Gbps wavelengths on the undersea cable system.

Aqua Comms Ltd., which owns and operates the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) submarine netweork, says that CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has activated a pair of 100-Gbps wavelengths on the undersea cable system.

AEConnect connects New York and London, with a link to Dublin (see "America-Europe Connect submarine cable network completes marine construction" and "AquaComms taps Ciena for AEConnect transatlantic submarine cable system"). It began operations early this year.

"The circuits Aqua Comms has provided to CenturyLink from New York City to London are lit point of presence (PoP) to PoP with no intermediate or cable landing station regeneration," said Aqua Comms CTO Tom McMahon. "Traversing over 6,800 km, the high-capacity transatlantic route includes diverse terrestrial segments on both ends, enabling CenturyLink to provision end-to-end high-capacity connectivity without regeneration, utilizing advanced modulation techniques."

"This is a major milestone for CenturyLink’s international network. We now can control the provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting of end-to-end connectivity between our U.S. network and any CenturyLink point of presence on our European network," states CenturyLink Senior Vice President of Network Planning Pieter Poll. "Our multinational customers require seamless connectivity to accommodate today’s key business applications and we’re confident that this new Aqua Comms AEConnect fiber-optic cable system will provide an important link between two of the world’s most vital social and economic hubs."

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