Altibox Carrier and Xtera announced the construction of a new repeater-based open cable system between Norway and UK, the NO-UK cable system. The NO-UK cable spans 670km connecting Norway (Rennesøy) and United Kingdom (Newcastle), with 8 fiber pairs and 210 Tbps system capacity. 

The NO-UK cable system is supplied by Xtera. The supply contract has come into force and the system will be ready by the end of Q4 2021.

With a capacity of up to 216Tbps, the NO-UK cable system will significantly increase data capacity between Norway and the rest of the world. In addition to dark fibre sales, the eight fibre pair cable across the North Sea will be a part of a larger European fibre network established by Altibox Carrier, Euroconnect-1, that will ensure robust and state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

The NO-UK cable system delivers a round-trip delay (RTD) of approximately 7 ms between the Rennesøy cable landing stations in Stavanger, Norway and Newcastle cable landing stations in England.

Key technical parameters of the NO-UK Cable System
Key technical parameters of the NO-UK Cable System (Source: Altibox Carrier)

 

The NO-UK cable system is building by NO-UK Com, a consortium comprising Altibox Carrier as the operator, Haugaland Kraft, BKK, Ryfylke IKS, Green Mountain, Polysys and Hatteland Group. Through Altibox Carrier, the consortium can offer dark fibre or capacity backhaul routes to any major PoP in the Nordics or UK.

 

Altibox Carrier's fiber network across Europe
Altibox Carrier's fiber network across Europe (Source: Altibox Carrier)