Telia Carrier and Telxius will exchange multiple terabits of capacity on their respective fiber-optic networks. Telxius will offer capacity in the 6,600-km MAREA undersea cable system in exchange for capacity on Telia Carrier’s European fiber backbone network. The exchange will be particularly beneficial for Telia Carrier, as it will provide an additional submarine cable link between its European and North America terrestrial backbone networks.
“This is one of the largest European capacity projects in recent years, and by combining our extensive European network across 100 PoPs in Europe with Telxius’s Spanish footprint and the MAREA cable system, this is a perfect, end-to-end fit,” said Ivo Pascucci, vice president of sales at Telia Carrier. “Apart from the obvious benefits of additional capacity and lower latency within Europe and towards the U.S., we are delighted to work with such a strong partner in this and other projects.”
Telxius, a spin out of Telefonica, constructed the MAREA undersea cable for Microsoft and Facebook (see “Microsoft, Facebook partner for MAREA undersea cable system”). Amazon Web Services also has signed on as a customer. MAREA will run from Sopelana in the north of Spain to Virginia Beach, VA. The eight-fiber-pair submarine cable system MAREA began with an initial design capacity of 160 Tbps, a number that has increased to 200 Tbps thanks to what Telxius calls “recent technological developments.”
“MAREA is the highest-capacity cable system in the world, offering a key diverse route across the Atlantic. Telxius and Telia Carrier both work with the world’s largest operators, content providers, and enterprises, who will now also benefit from this deployment,” said Enrique Valdés, vice president of sales for Telxius. “This partnership was perfect for us and we’re confident that our combined strengths will contribute to realizing the full potential of the MAREA sea cable system.”
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