PCCW Global picks Aqua Comms for route diversity

PCCW Global is collaborating with Aqua Comms to enable additional route diversity through the America Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea fibre optic cable system.

With over 52Tbps of available capacity, the AEConnect system is said to utilise the latest technology of 130 X 100Gbps per fibre pair. The cable – which spans over 5,536km across the Atlantic – was designed to meet the surge in bandwidth demand from carriers, data centres, financial services companies and content providers. 

“Aqua Comms is pleased that PCCW Global has selected AEConnect, our next-generation fiber optic cable system, to provide low latency and high capacity connectivity for its transatlantic backbone network between its New York and London points of presence,” said Greg Varisco, chief operations officer of Aqua Comms. “Offering diversity between two of its major international hubs, this highly secure and technologically advanced transatlantic system is also future-proofed against increased capacity requirements, a demand that only AEConnect, and not legacy systems, could satisfy.”

The AEConnect reportedly delivers one of the lowest latency crossings of the Atlantic, projected at 53.9 milliseconds. Growth in data traffic across the Atlantic between now and 2021 will be 41% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to TeleGeography.

Jordick Wong, senior vice president of product and vendor management, said: “Aqua Comms’ AEConnect provides additional capacity, reliability, and security which PCCW Global integrates into its global network thereby delivering new low latency connectivity between New York and London. We are confident that the AEConnect cable system provides the upward scalability and performance necessary to satisfy our business objectives.”