Dunant cable lands in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez

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Orange has landed Google’s 6,600km transatlantic Dunant cable at the recently refurbished Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez station in France.

The cable links France to the US – one of the most important submarine routes in the world – meeting the runaway demand for connectivity between the two countries, which doubles every year.

It is the first submarine cable to connect the United States to France in more than 15 years and will be designed to combine the most advanced technologies from the world's various equipment suppliers

"We are very pleased with the arrival of the Dunant cable in France. It is the concrete realisation of a project in co-construction with Google that will enable us to respond to the explosion of Internet usage over the long term,” said Jean-Luc Vuillemin, SVP of international networks and services at Orange.

“This partnership strengthens Orange's role as a world leader in the investment, deployment, maintenance and operation of strategic infrastructures. The landing of Dunant on our shores once again places France at the heart of the global digital development," Vuillemin added.

From the Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez landing station, Orange is deploying terrestrial optical fibres in France between Saint-Hilai re-de-Riez and Paris to route its traffic on the Dunant cable to the capital's major data centres and will also provide service to the rest of Europe and major international data centres.

With this deployment, Orange will benefit from two pairs of optical fibres with a capacity of up to 30Tbp/s each, enough to transfer a 1GB video in 30 microseconds. Orange will thus be able to meet the massive growth in demand for data and content exchanged between Europe and the United States for several years to come.

In February, Orange announced it is to collaborate with Telxius to offer co-location services for the project.