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New transatlantic cable network no myth

Thu, 01/11/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Apollo is the god of the sun, so why Cable and Wireless has chosen to name its new submarine transatlantic cable network after him is a mystery.

Cable and Wireless is working with Alcatel to build the new transatlantic system to meet increasing IP and data demands. When complete, the network will have four fiber pairs in each of two submarine legs, capable of 3.2 terabits per second of traffic transmission on each leg. The system will run for approximately 8,000 miles under the Atlantic Ocean, linking Long Island and New Jersey with Cornwall in the UK and Brittany in France.

According to Cable and Wireless, the cable system will be the first 80 wavelength transatlantic system, with greater resilience to damage, and a system where customers can choose their own level of protection for voice, data, and IP data transfers.

The system is expected to be operating by summer 2002. Cable and Wireless' London office was unavailable for comment.

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