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First new subsea cable to connect UK and France after nearly 20 years

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International network provider, Crosslake Fibre is undertaking a new subsea cable project, CrossChannel Fibre. 

According to the company, the next-generation 550km cable will be the first fibre-optic subsea cable to be built across the English Channel in nearly 20 years. It will connect Slough, in the UK with Paris, France. 

The new cable is designed to support the increase in bandwidth requirements. It is a high fibre-count, non-repeatered system that will contain 96 fibre pairs, each providing more than 20Tb/s of capacity throughput. It is likely to be ready for service in the Autumn of 2021.

Crosslake Fibre's capital partner, Tiger Infrastructure Partners has invested additional capital into the platform to support the CrossChannel Fibre system and advance the growth and development of new projects.

Mike Cunningham, CEO at Crosslake Fibre explained: ‘We are excited to launch this historic subsea project and deliver a new, much-needed connection across the English Channel connecting the critically important data hubs of Slough and Paris.  This new fibre infrastructure has been optimised to create the shortest path between the two data hubs, providing users with an enhanced technical solution and materially lowering operating costs.  With the continued increase in bandwidth demand further accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, subsea cables have never been more critical to the functioning of the backbone of the internet.’

Emil Henry, CEO and managing partner at Tiger Infrastructure Partners added: ‘Crosslake Fibre has demonstrated its expertise and ability to successfully develop and deploy infrastructure projects globally. With its CrossChannel Fibre project, the company is well-positioned to support the increasing capacity needs of high-growth regions in Europe.’

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