08 January 2018
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It has been a landmark year for Aqua Comms, forging important new relationships and making plans for fresh infrastructure developments.
In October it was announced that PacketFabric, which
operates a ground-breaking SDN platform in the US, would be
extending its European footprint with Aqua Comms’
AEConnect subsea cable system.
AEConnect delivers connectivity from New York to Ireland,
with diverse backhaul fibre to numerous PoPs in the US and the
UK. It is the most-advanced 'next-generation’
undersea cable system linking the two continents.
PacketFabric, which specialises in enabling real-time
connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation
facilities at terabit-scale, will now be able to offer
near-instantaneous access to transatlantic capacity on
AEConnect from any location on its private and secure
"Leveraging AEConnect to establish end-to-end high-capacity
transatlantic connectivity extends the reach of our network to
provide more customers with scalable, reliable and secure
access to network and cloud environments in the US as well as
internationally," says Jezzibell Gillmore, SVP Business
Development & Co-Founder of PacketFabric.
The partnership also gives Aqua Comms access to the
PacketFabric platform, allowing it to extend the reach of its
service footprint across the US. PacketFabric’s
scalable network facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity
between more than 150 premier colocation facilities across 17
US metro markets.
Back in May, Aqua Comms and international wholesaler Epsilon
joined forces to provide on-demand connectivity to NJFX, a
carrier neutral colocation facility located in Wall, New
Jersey. NJFX is the only colocation campus to sit at a cable
landing station and offer Tier 3, carrier neutral data centre
capabilities. NJFX customers will now be able to strategically
diversify their connectivity options to key European hubs,
bypassing legacy chokepoints within the US.
Aqua Comms is deploying a PoP within the campus, allowing
NJFX customers to directly access the carrier’s
suite of services without incurring cross connect fees. The
arrangement between Epsilon and Aqua Comms will see the
deployment of Epsilon’s Infiny on-demand
connectivity platform within the NJFX facility.
Aqua Comms will use the Cloud Link eXchange (CloudLX) module
of Infiny to interconnect new services in and out of the NJFX
campus. Aqua Comms’ customers can thus benefit
from interconnecting with NJFX’s growing ecosystem
of global carriers, network operators, enterprises, cloud
providers, and internet exchanges.
"What makes NJFX unique is its carrier neutral subsea
capabilities, so customers have options when choosing which
cables move their data from our campus to key landing points in
Europe," says Gil Santaliz
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at NJFX. "Having Aqua
Comms at our colocation campus enables customers to further
diversify and plan their international connections with
certainty and accuracy, eliminating any transport
Aqua Comms is underway with plans to extend its own
footprint. It already owns and operates CeltixConnect-1, a
72-fibre pair subsea cable connecting Ireland and the UK. Now
it has begun to develop CeltixConnect-2, a subsea cable system
that will cross the Irish Sea from Dublin to Manchester and
connect to the Isle of Man. CeltixConnect-2 is designed to
complement the reliability of CeltixConnect-1. The new cable
system, which will provide onward connectivity to New York and
London through AEConnect, will utilise the most advanced
fibre-optic technology to support the highest transmission
capabilities, including 8QAM, 16QAM and beyond.
Aqua Comms is also in preliminary stages of development with
North Sea Connect, which will be the first modern, high
capacity subsea cable system crossing the North Sea from
Newcastle UK to Denmark.
It additionally has plans to expand available connectivity
to AEConnect at its Point of Presence (PoP) at 1025Connect in
Westbury, New York, a critical subsea cable launch point on
Long Island. It will also soon increase the
system’s footprint by opening service capabilities
in Ashburn, Virginia to better serve expanding and new customer