Construction launch of submarine fibre cable between Norway and UK

February 21st, 2020 – Altibox Carrier and Xtera announced today that they had started construction of a new repeater-based cable system between Norway and UK. Xtera is a provider of novel subsea fibre optic solutions. With a capacity of up to 216 Terabits per second, the system will significantly increase data capacity between Norway and the rest of the world. In addition to dark fibre sales, the eight fibre pair cable across the North Sea will be a part of a larger European fibre network established by Altibox Carrier, Euroconnect-1, that will ensure robust and state-of-the-art digital infrastructure.

“The contract is now in force, and the system will be ready for service by the end of Q4 2021”, said Chief Technology Officer of Altibox Carrier, Atle Soma, adding “The new subsea cable has already attracted substantial interest from international clients”.

Keith Henderson, CEO of Xtera, said: “We are proud that the NO-UK consortium has selected our proven technology and collaborative project management approach for this full turnkey system. We will be working closely with all stakeholders, including the permitting authorities, to deliver this critical infrastructure project on time and on budget”.

About NO-UK Com:
NO-UK Com is the consortium building the fibre cable between Norway – UK connection and comprises Altibox Carrier as the operator, Haugaland Kraft, BKK, Ryfylke IKS, Green Mountain, Polysys and Hatteland Group. The NO-UK cable is an open cable system providing a total of eight dark fibre pairs from Stavanger to Newcastle. Through Altibox Carrier the consortium can offer dark fibre or capacity backhaul routes to any major PoP in the Nordics or UK.

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About Xtera:
Xtera is an innovative provider of subsea systems and telecoms technology. The company supplies both unrepeatered and repeatered networks, delivering traffic directly inland to data centres and cities.  Xtera consistently challenges industry norms and creates novel solutions that are tailored to each individual customer whether that be for the provision of a system, an open architecture design or individual network elements.  Xtera’s turnkey project management expertise and system integration capability is offered in combination with solid industry partnerships and provides operators with the confidence for Xtera to design, build and commission submarine cable solutions that deliver high performance, capacity and end-to-end capability.

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