10 January 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
TE SubCom, a supplier of submarine cable technology, has been chosen as the system supplier of the North Atlantic HAVFRUE submarine cable system.
Led by a consortium of
owner/operators including Aqua Comms, Bulk Infrastructure,
Facebook and others, the HAFVRUE (taken from the Danish word
mermaid) cable, will cross the North Atlantic connecting
mainland Northern Europe to the US. The first new cable in the
region for almost two decades.
Commenting on the announcement, Sanjay Chowbey, president of
TE SubCom, said:"The HAVFRUE cable will provide
state-of-the-art connectivity for increasing needs of users,
ranging from individual consumers to businesses and the
research community. SubCom is proud to be selected as the
supplier for this project."
The system is comprised of a trunk cable connecting New
Jersey in the US to the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark with a
branch landing in County Mayo, Ireland. With optional
branch extensions to Northern and Southern Norway, also
included in the design of the new system. Once operational the
system will offer cross-sectional cable capacity of 108Tbps
which the company says is scalable to higher capacities using
future generation SLTE technology.
TE SubCom will integrate its Wavelength Selective Switching
Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (WSS-ROADM) for
flexible wavelength allocation over the system design. Creating
an easy upgrade path for future advances in subsea connectivity
technology. The company says that the cable will bring modern,
high-capacity connectivity to Northern Europe, where data
centre construction has been increasing to support the need for
Though it is to be built and owned in consortia, Aqua Comms,
will serve as the system operator and landing party in US,
Ireland and Denmark. While Bulk Infrastructure will be the
owner and landing party for the Norwegian branch options.
In November, the TE SubCom responder cable-laying ship arrived
in Sydney harbour in Australia to start work on the 15,000km
Hawaiki subsea cable. The Hawaiki cable system will connect
Australia and New Zealand to Hawaii, and other Pacific islands
including American Samoa, to Oregon on the US mainland.
For further reading on submarine cable projects and the
latest developments in the region,
click here to take a look at the Subsea special report from
the Dec/Jan issue of Capacity magazine.