26 October 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Canadian company Crosslake Fibre is planning to bypass Manhattan with a subsea cable along the Atlantic coast between New Jersey and Long Island.
The fibre will be only 95km (59 miles) long, but will link
NJFX in Wall, New Jersey, with 1025Connect in Westbury, on Long
Island, east of New York City.
"The need for a Manhattan bypass route is growing more critical
with increased network congestion and weather-related threats
in the region," said Crosslake CEO Mike Cunningham.
Crosslake has experience planning surprising subsea routes in
congested urban parts of North America. Earlier this year
Cunningham announced a project to connect the Canadian
city of Toronto across Lake Ontario with Buffalo, New York,
and last week it started a survey of the lake:
hence the company name.
The Wall-Westbury link will be different, though, as it will
run through the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. "We selected these
endpoints as they are increasingly important hubs for
transoceanic connectivity and provide a variety of network
connectivity options for customers," said Cunningham. "As
additional transoceanic cables carrying much of the
world’s internet traffic land in the region, and
growth on existing cables continues, new domestic connectivity
onward from the cable landing stations is important."
NJFX already has a cable landing station on the New Jersey
coast. Gil Santaliz, CEO of NJFX, said: "The Crosslake Fibre
subsea cable further adds to that ecosystem and brings a unique
connectivity option for international and US carriers located
Dan Lunde, managing director of 1025Connect, added:
"Introducing the new Crosslake Fibre system adds another
strategic option on the continental edge and strengthens our
position as the easternmost peering point in the metro area
providing a truly diverse, subsea Manhattan bypass route for
The Wall-Westbury cable will be ready for service in June 2019,
said Cunningham. "Our Lake Ontario build is progressing at full
speed and has really validated our approach to developing
smaller systems," he added.