Geo delivers fiber-optic infrastructure for Emerald Networks

Dec. 16, 2013
Emerald Networks Ltd., a new-build submarine cable system provider, and Geo Networks Ltd. have announced a long-term agreement for Geo to provide physically diverse optical fiber routes from Dublin to London across Geo's new East-West subsea system and onwards over Geo's UK mainland network.

Emerald Networks Ltd., a new-build submarine cable system provider, and Geo Networks Ltd. have announced a long-term agreement for Geo to provide physically diverse optical fiber routes from Dublin to London across Geo's new East-West subsea system and onwards over Geo's UK mainland network.

The agreement will enable Emerald Networks to extend its new low-latency trans-Atlantic submarine cable system, "Emerald Express," from the major North American markets through to the most important data centers in the UK and onwards to mainland Europe.

Geo says its new subsea network will provide Emerald Networks with the most advanced undersea telecommunications system constructed to date. The Emerald Express system will also take advantage of Geo's UK data center connectivity to facilitate connectivity to all the UK's major exchanges, Internet hubs, and colocation data centers as well as providing the critical interconnect points for accessing markets in mainland Europe, Geo asserts.

"We are excited about this agreement as it provides a vital link to our terrestrial backhaul network creating a seamless link from our POP locations in Dublin to those in London," said Dr. William C. Marra, CEO of Emerald Networks. "Geo's network is ideally suited for providing the diversity we require for our customers."

Emerald Networks is a new-build, low-latency submarine cable system connecting North America to Europe and Iceland. The unique route links Shirley, NY, to the West Coast of Ireland with a branch connection to Grindavik, Iceland, and a future branch connection to Southern Europe. The Emerald Networks is an open network architecture platform designed around coherent optical transmission running 100G wavelengths. The system is scheduled to be ready for service by 4Q 2014 (see “Survey work begins on Emerald Express transatlantic submarine network”).

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