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June 21, 2010

Hibernia Atlantic 'Looking At' 100 GB, Newest Technology

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Recently at the CBX 2010 show in New York City, TMC’s (News - Alert) Group Editorial Director Erik Linask had the opportunity to interview Hibernia Atlantic’s (News - Alert) VP of Sales North America, Joe Hilt.

The company is the owner and operator of “a physically diverse submarine cable system and a global network provider,” Hilt explained for those unfamiliar with the company. He said the company’s concentrating in three marketplaces today – wholesale, financial and media.

Discussing the wholesale market, Hilt called it “the backbone of Hibernia Atlantic. It’s really where we started out, we’re providing mostly big bandwidth services, mostly wavelength, ten gigabyte, and now even 40 gigabyte across the Atlantic Ocean.”

Most recently they’ve added a fifth landing station, he said, in Ireland, just north of Belfast, and the company is now providing services out of that region.
When asked if the company was going to expand from their current offerings of ten and 40 gigabytes to 100, Hilt said “We’re always looking at it. The guys in the test labs in Dublin, where our headquarters are, are definitely always looking for the biggest, best and newest technology.”

And as far as the financial sector goes, Hilt said about two years ago the company launched the GFN, Global Financial Network, “a network that we specifically designed for the financial community, to meet low latency requirements for trading applications to most of the exchanges.” It’s headquartered between Chicago and Frankfurt, he said, with Toronto, New York, London and New Jersey.

“We’re getting all customers trading a little bit quicker,” he said. “For point to point – Chicago to Frankfurt, New York to London, New Jersey to Toronto, for trading circuit applications, we’re turning up all circuits in five days guaranteed, or we’re giving customer a month free.”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri