Orange says it has been named the French landing partner for the Dunant submarine cable. TE SubCom is building the 6,600-km transatlantic submarine network for Google with a ready for service date of late 2020 (see “TE SubCom to deploy Dunant submarine cable system for Google”).
Orange will build and operate the landing station on the French Atlantic coast and provide backhaul service to Paris. The service provider also will have access to the submarine cable, which offers more than 30 Tbps per fiber pair. Dunant is the first undersea cable to be built between the U.S. and France in more than 15 years. The submarine network will land at Virginia Beach in the U.S.
“I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a new, cutting-edge cable between the USA and France,” said Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange. “The role of submarine cables is often overlooked, despite their central role at the heart of our digital world. I am proud that Orange continues to be a global leader in investing, deploying, maintaining, and managing such key infrastructure. Google is a major partner for Orange and this project reflects the spirit of our relationship.”
Orange says it is “a major investor” in more than 40 submarine cables. TE SubCom currently is a unit of TE Connectivity, although TE Connectivity has agreed to sell its submarine network unit to Cerberus Capital Management (see “TE Connectivity to sell TE Subcom to Cerberus Capital Management”).
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