According to Capacity Media, EXA Infrastructure has acquired a single fiber on the CrossChannel Fibre cable to link data centres in the UK and France. EXA Infrastructure will offer greater capacity, resiliency and the lowest latency digital infrastructure connecting the two financial and data centre hubs in London and Paris, with a round trip delay (RTD) less than 5.5milliseconds.

The CrossChannel Fibre spans approximately 550km (with a 149km submarine segment) across the English Channel, from Brighton on the south coast of England to Veules-Les-Roses (pictured) in northern France. CrossChannel Fibre directly connects Equinix LD4 in Slough, to Interxion PAR3 and Equinix PA7 in Paris with extensions to various points-of-presence in both cities.

Crosschannel map
Crosschannel Fibre Map, Image Credit: Crosslake Fibre

 

Owned and operated by Crosslake Fibre, the CrossChannel Fibre is a high-fibre-count and non-repeatered subsea system, containing 96 fibre pairs and ready for service in December 2021.

The CrossChannel Fibre is the first fibre-optic subsea cable to be built across the English Channel in nearly twenty years. While the last England-France subsea cable was installed in 1999, the 150km Circe South cable owned by Zayo.  The CrossChannel is a welcome tonic now and for the future, as many of the fibre optic cables that were laid across the English Channel in the late 1990s and early 2000s are nearing the end of their commercial and technical lifespans.

EXA Infrastructure, owned by I Squared Capital (ISQ), has taken over GTT’s infrastructure division which was acquired by ISQ for US$2.15 billion in October 2020.

EXA Infrastructure believed this new link will boost network capacity significantly, and bring the ability to carry data over more diverse routes between the UK and mainland Europe and it will offer greater capacity, resiliency and the lowest latency digital infrastructure connecting the two financial and data centre hubs, with a data round trip taking less than 5.5milliseconds.