Crosslake Fibre to build submarine network across English Channel

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Crosslake Fibre is using coherent optical technology and advanced analytics apps to build a new seamless submarine cable and terrestrial GeoMesh Extreme network between the data hubs of Slough, UK, and Paris, France.

The CrossChannel Fibre network is designed to provide much-needed capacity and low latency to support the fast-growing bandwidth needs of telecommunications carriers, internet content providers, financial institutions, as well as media and gaming companies.

Crosslake has chosen to partner with Ciena on the project and will deploy the company’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme to help provide a differentiated customer experience with more bandwidth and resiliency. Additionally, the network provider is using Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) with Liquid Spectrum's Channel Margin Gauge app to allocate and scale capacity in real time, from 600 to 800Gb/s, to quickly adapt to changing customer requirements and maximize the value of deployed assets.

Mike Cunningham, CEO at Crosslake Fibre commented: ‘There hasn’t been a new fibre network across the Channel in two decades. We saw the need for a modern network infrastructure—one that can handle the rigorous demands of today’s digital world, but also serve generations well into the future. And that’s the vision behind CrossChannel.’

Ian Clarke, vice president of global submarine solutions at Ciena added: ‘A lot of online activities, but especially gaming and streaming, call for blazing performance and minimal delays or lag. Crosslake’s submarine cable network, with its high reliability and speedy connectivity, plays a pivotal role in elevating experiences like eSports and video conferencing.’

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26 August 2022

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