Lumen takes space on Google’s Dunant subsea cable

Lumen takes space on Google’s Dunant subsea cable

30 July 2021 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Lumen Technologies is to use Google’s Dunant transatlantic subsea cable to connect Virginia to France.

The company, formerly CenturyLink, said the capacity it will be offering can be scaled to meet increased customer broadband demands for years to come.

Laurinda Pang (pictured), Lumen’s president for global customer success, said: “We’re in an era of ‘more’. The need for more online content, more applications and more cloud services between continents won’t diminish anytime soon.”

She added: “That’s why this subsea infrastructure is so important. The capacity Lumen will be offering on the Dunant subsea cable can be scaled to meet increased customer broadband demands for years to come. With our comprehensive transatlantic subsea portfolio, customers will enjoy diverse routes, low latency and a connection to one of the most interconnected and deeply peered networks in the world.”

Dunant, which was ready for service in February, connects Virginia Beach in the US and Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the French Atlantic coast. Lumen’s route will start from Richmond, Virginia, some distance inland from Virginia Beach, and terminate in Paris.

Lumen said the new route on the Dunant system will offer optional diversity, latency and custom routing guarantees. “This will give international businesses and wholesale providers a secure, diverse transatlantic network option connecting to the Lumen global 450,000 route-fibre mile network,” said the company.

The connection effectively provided the Virginia data centre hub with a European gateway that includes Paris and Frankfurt, suggested Lumen.

Earlier this week Lumen said it has expanded its network in France, Switzerland and Spain. Annette Murphy, managing director of Lumen in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Our new fibre infrastructure investments in Europe demonstrate the continued commitment that Lumen has to this market, and to powering the next wave of growth and innovation for customers in the fourth industrial revolution.”

The company also announced plans to sell its Latin American business for US$2.7 billion to Stonepeak.

Dunant delivers 250Tbps over 12 fibre-pairs. It is named after Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.