Aqua Comms announced a long-term lease agreement with Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) for Trans-Atlantic subsea spectrum between New York, Dublin and London, 25% of a fibre pair on the AEC-1 cable system.

Subsea Spectrum offers the scalability and control of dark fibre at a fraction of the cost allowing customers to plan for their long-term network needs. 

This agreement marks the first Trans-Atlantic spectrum acquisition by ESnet, the high-performance network built to support scientific research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science and managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

ESnet serves as the DOE research community’s “data circulatory system,” providing services to tens of thousands of scientific researchers throughout the entire national laboratory system, its supercomputing facilities, and its major scientific instruments, as well as peering with more than 270 research and commercial networks worldwide.

The AEC-1 Trans-Atlantic submarine cable system was ready for service in 2016, initially designed with 130*100Gbps per fibre pair and a total of 4 fiber pairs, supplied by SubCom. 

In 2021, Aqua Comms upgraded the AEC-1 Trans-Atlantic submarine cable system with Ciena’s cutting-edge GeoMesh Extreme submarine network solution, to support 400GbE services leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e), doubling the cable’s capacity to almost 20Tbps.

Secured for 15 years, this quarter-fibre-pair will provide a dedicated 5 Tbps data pipe that will be a foundational element of ESnet’s long-term trans-Atlantic strategy to accommodate rapid increases in data traffic from DOE science collaborations and facilities, including ramping up for the high luminosity upgrade of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.