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August 14, 2009

Hibernia Atlantic Provides 40 GBPS Wavelength Capacity Across the Atlantic

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Hibernia Atlantic has reportedly become the first company to offer native, 40 GBPS wavelength capacity across the Atlantic Ocean. The company announced that this facility can be used without the help of any external equipment.
According to officials, the company ventured into this project as there was a considerably high demand from North American customers who were looking to exploit the rising opportunities in fields such as next-generation services such as streaming video, IP multimedia and Web conferencing.
The demand also came from the financial networks and media companies, who need a reliable and high speed network to remain competitive in the market. This new offering by Hibernia Atlantic (News - Alert) provides global investment banks, CDNs, broadcasters, international PTTs and ISPs in need of high-bandwidth a better network solution.
“The ability to offer Hibernia Atlantic’s customers native 40 GBPS connectivity across the Atlantic is a great advance in network efficiency, providing customers additional capacity to communicate over Hibernia’s diverse and secure cable route,” said Eric Gutshall, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Hibernia, in a statement. “This new subsea advancement is another example of Hibernia Atlantic’s commitment to providing the highest levels of network performance, innovation and customer satisfaction.”
Now companies can continue to deploy streaming video and other next-generation applications and services over the Hibernia Atlantic network with increased capacity, on a reliable network at wholesale prices, claims Hibernia Atlantic. Hibernia has increased the potential capacity of the Atlantic system to 10.16Tb/s by deploying the latest 40G network technology.
While providing customized solutions for its customers, Hibernia offers wholesale capacity prices, unparalleled support, flexibility and service, the company said.
In 2007, Hibernia Atlantic became the first company to provide native 40 GBPS capacity over a subsea span between Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company used Huawei Technologies’ latest products to reach this capacity upgrade over a subsea, international cable link. Built in 2000, this cable has a 192-channel, 10G system capacity using the innovative 40G technology.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney