Hibernia Networks and TE SubCom Commence Manufacturing of Hibernia Express

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, announced on Monday the commencement of the new Hibernia Express submarine cable system. 

The 4,600 km cable will provide the lowest-latency fiber-optic path between New York and London, connecting Halifax, Nova Scotia and Brean, UK, with terrestrial fiber to extend connectivity to the major metro areas.

Hibernia Express will initially launch with 100 Gbps transmission capacity using TE SubCom’s C100 SLTE platform. It will be a 6-fiber-pair submarine cable, with a portion of the fibers optimized for lowest latency and a portion optimized for 100x100 Gbps design capacity. The total cross-sectional design capacity of the cable will be over 53 Tbps.

“Having a unique, low latency route combined with increased capacity allows Hibernia Express to offer unmatched services to trans-Atlantic connectivity customers,” said Bjarni Thorvardarson of Hibernia Networks. “As a pillar of the submarine cable industry, we are confident that TE SubCom will deliver a highly advanced cable system and world-class implementation. We’re thrilled to have reached this critical point in the deployment of Hibernia Express.”

“Our company’s technology portfolio and extensive trans-Atlantic installation experience make us an ideal supplier for the Hibernia Express system,” said John Mitchell, President, TE Subcom. “We’re looking forward to tackling the special challenges of this unique project and supplying the newest high capacity, low latency cable across the Atlantic.”

Hibernia Networks launched the Project Express in 2010 and was originally expected to complete the Project Express in 2012, with Huawei Marine Networks as the supplier. 

Due to concerns from US administration on cyber security threat from China, Huawei Marine Networks was forced out and TE SubCom took over as the new vendor for Hibernia Express submarine cable system in May 2013.

According to the latest schedule, Hibernia Express is expected to bein-service in Summer 2015.

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