According to the FCC Report, Meta has filed an Application for a License to Land and Operate a Private Fiber-Optic Submarine Cable System Connecting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with Santander, Spain, to be Known as the Anjana System, a new generation transatlantic subsea cable with 24 fiber pairs.
In October 2021, NEC Corporation (NEC) announced that it has been contracted by Meta (known as Facebook then) to build an ultra-high performance transatlantic subsea fiber-optic cable connecting the USA and Europe, using NEC’s newly developed 24 fiber pair cable and repeaters, to deliver a maximum system capacity of a half Petabit per second, the highest to date for a long distance repeatered optical subsea cable system.
At that time, both NEC and Meta didn't release more details about the new transatlantic subsea cable system, even the name of the system.
Until a recent Linkedin post by philippe devaux, it is released that Meta has filed the application for cable landing license for the system.
Upon filing the application, Meta unveiled the new transatlantic subsea cable system, Anjana System.
The Anjana System will connect Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Santander, Spain, with a sole segment of approximately 7,121 kilometers.
The Anjana System will have 24 fiber pairs, each with a design capacity of approximately 20Tbps using current technology.
Meta, through its subsidiaries, will privately own the Anjana System and operate the Anjana System on a non-common-carrier basis by using the system for its own internal capacity needs and, potentially, by providing dark fiber to wholesale and enterprise customers.
Meta has selected DC Blox, Inc. (DC Blox) and Telxius Cable España, S.L.U.(Telxius) as landing partners in the US and Spain respectively. The Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station is owned by DC Blox, while the Santander Cable Landing Station is owned by Telxius. Edge USA and Edge Spain control the cable landing stations respectively.
Meta has requested streamlined review processs and seeks to commence construction the Anjana System in U.S. territory as early as August 2023, with a target ready-for-service date in the fourth quarter of 2024.