Aqua Comms announced that it has activated the AEC-3 transatlantic subsea cable system leveraging native colocation and connectivity services at the CoreSite Boston data center campus (BO1),  offering direct connections between Boston and Europe. 

AEC-3 is part of the Amitié cable system, jointly invested, owned and operated by Aqua Comms, Meta, Microsoft, and Vodafonethe, landing in Lynn Cable Landing Station, Massachusetts, USA, the Bude Cable Landing Station, the United Kingdom, and the Le Porge Cable Landing Station, France.

The Amitié cable system consists of 16 fiber pairs on its trans-atlantic trunk and 12 fiber pairs on each of its branching units connecting the UK and France,  offers a total of 400 Tbps current design capacity. 

Aqua Comms owns one out of the 16 fiber pairs on Amitié's trans-atlantic trunk and one fiber pair on its branching units connecting the UK, and rebrands its ownership as AEC-3, following its AEC-1(America Europe Connect) and AEC-2 (HAVFRUE) trans-Atlantic cable systems.

Aqua Comms' AEC-3 is the first modern subsea cable system to directly connect Boston to Europe. CoreSite’s BO1 facility, which is strategically located in Boston’s central business district, serves as an integral part of the IT infrastructure that powers AEC-3 to deliver reliable, low-latency, diverse capacity and the latest technology to Aqua Comm customers.  

As one of the most interconnected buildings in New England, CoreSite’s BO1 data center provides Aqua Comms access to leading network, cloud and IT providers. Aqua Comm’s deployment in BO1 includes a secure colocation environment as well as diverse connectivity options through the robust CoreSite ecosystem. The CoreSite Boston facility offers Aqua Comms 100% SLA uptime, options to grow its data center footprint and the power capabilities needed for the effective operation of the trans-Atlantic system.

Now that AEC-3 is live, Boston has a direct connection all the way to London. AEC-3 also enables Aqua Comms to deliver improved reliability in terms of protected capacity on multiple diverse routes.

Aqua Comms AEC-3 Available
Aqua Comms AEC-3 Available, Image courtesy: Aqua Comms