Telxius links MAREA with Telia Carrier backbone

Created March 28, 2019
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Telia Carrier and Telxius have announced an agreement for multi-terabit capacity services, combining transatlantic capacity from Telxius in the new 6,600 km MAREA subsea cable system and Telia Carrier’s European backbone network.

The combination of Telia Carrier’s extensive terrestrial European and North American footprint and Telxius’ newest transatlantic cable assets will not only provide both parties with additional network muscle and reach, it will also create a “natural and vital bridge” linking the US with other cable systems connecting to Northern Europe, Africa and Asia, said the partners.

MAREA runs from Sopelana in the north of Spain to Virginia Beach in the US, on a more southerly route than other transatlantic cables which are mostly located further north. The Sopelana landing is connected to an existing fibre network corridor in Europe, linking major hubs like Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London.

MAREA consists of eight fibre pairs, with an initial design capacity of 160Tbps, but with recent technological developments increasing this up to 200Tbps.

Ivo Pascucci, VP of sales at Telia Carrier, said: “This is one of the largest European capacity projects in recent years, by combining our extensive European network across 100 PoPs in Europe with Telxius’ Spanish footprint and the MAREA cable system, this is a perfect end-to-end fit.

“Apart from the obvious benefits of additional capacity and lower latency within Europe and towards the US, we are working with a strong partner in this and other projects.”

Enrique Valdés, VP of sales at Telxius, said: “MAREA is the highest capacity cable system in the world offering a key diverse route across the Atlantic. Telxius and Telia Carrier both work with the world’s largest operators, content providers and enterprises, who will now benefit from this deployment.

“This partnership was perfect for us and we’re confident that our combined strengths will contribute to realising the full potential of the MAREA sea cable system.”

Telia Carrier’s global network footprint connects more than 280 PoPs with 65,000 km of fibre across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Telxius, part of the Telefónica Group, jointly owns and operates MAREA with Microsoft and Facebook, and also owns BRUSA (138 Tbps), the lowest latency subsea cable route between the US and Brazil.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation