Apollo is a 13,000 transatlantic submarine cable system, consists of 2 segments: Apolo North of 6200km and Apollo South of about 7000km.
The Apollo cable system creates two fully diverse transatlantic paths. Apollo North connects the United Kingdom and the US, and Apollo South directly connects France and the US.
The Apollo cable system was ready for service in February 2003, with 4 fiber pairs and 3.2Tbps initial design capacity on both Apollo North and Apollo South, for a total of 6.4 Tbps trans-Atlantic capacity. In 2014, the Apollo cable system was upgraded to a system capacity of 25Tbps with Alcatel-Lucent’s 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipment using coherent transmission at 100 Gbps. In 2015, it achieved the capacity of 8Tbps per fiber pair.
The Apollo cable network was built, owned and operated by Apollo Submarine Cable System Limited, a UK based company jointly owned by Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Alcatel-Lucent. It is now owned by Vodafone.
The Apollo cables land in New York and New Jersey in the US. In New York, the cable landing station is located on Parr Property, Brookhaven Technology Center, Shirley, New York (40º 50.5’ N and 72º 53’ W. In New Jersey, the cable landing station is located at Wall Township, Manasquan, New Jersey (40º 9.5' N and 74º 6.1’ W).
In the UK, the Apollo North cable lands at the Bude Cable Landing Station, seamless interconnection with EIG, Glo1 and other cable systems.
In France, the Apollo South cable lands at Lannion Cable Landing Station.