Aqua Comms’ AEConnect is selected by PacketFabric to expand its network

25 October 2017 | Natalie Bannerman


Aqua Comms DAC is announcing that PacketFabric has selected its America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system to extend the reach of its software-defined networking (SDN) platform into Europe.

The AEConnect submarine cable system delivers connectivity from New York to Ireland with diverse backhaul fibre to additional Points of Presence (PoPs) in the US and the UK. Using an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale. In addition, PacketFabric customers now have near-instantaneous access to transatlantic capacity on AEConnect from any location on its private and secure network.

William Charnock, CEO of PacketFabric, said: “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 U.S. as well as internationally. AEConnect's state-of-the-art technology and 100 Gbps coherent design allows PacketFabric to further future-proof our terabit-scale networking infrastructure as well as obtain additional route diversity for network reliability.  The subsea cable system is a key part of our global connectivity strategy.” 

As part of the strategic partnership, Aqua Comms will also use the PacketFabric platform to extend the reach of its service footprint across the US. PacketFabric’s scalable network facilitates offers coast-to-coast connectivity between more than 150 premier colocation facilities across 17 US markets.  

“We’re excited to partner with PacketFabric and help extend the international reach of its network with secure, low-latency connectivity via AEConnect,” said Andy Hudson, chief networks officer at Aqua Comms. “This mutually-beneficial partnership will also expand Aqua Comms’ North American footprint, enabling us to serve a wider range of customers across the continental United States.”