NJFX and Telxius boost continental links with dual cable landing station

Created October 17, 2019
Applications and Research

NJFX, an intercontinental cable landing station (CLS) based in New Jersey, US, offering Tier 3 carrier-neutral data centre capabilities, and Telxius, Telefónica’s communications infrastructure firm, have announced significant developments at their CLS sites: NJFX is now the location of the first CLS-to-CLS terrestrial interconnection, connecting NJFX in Wall, NJ to Telxius’s facility at the CLS in Virginia Beach, VA.

NJFX says it is enjoying an “ecosystem boom driven in part by a strategic location 64 feet above sea level and Category 5 hurricane resistant CLS campus with access to three subsea cables today.” This will increase to four subsea cables in by the end of 2019, which will exceed capacity of 500 Terabits per second of transmission capacity.

The Telxius communications campus at Virginia Beach provides direct access to the top two capacity subsea cables in the world, MAREA and BRUSA.  MAREA is a 6600 km transatlantic communications cable between Virginia Beach, Va, US, and Bilbao, Spain, owned and funded by Microsoft and Facebook, and operated by Telxius. BRUSA is a 11,000 km cable linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach. It consists of 8 fibre pairs, with initial design capacity of 135 x 100 Gbps per fibre pair and ROADM technology.

Gil Santaliz, CEO of NJFX, commented, “The total capacity of the subsea cables coming out of these two cable landing stations is greater than all of the capacity of the previously placed North American subsea cables stretching across the Atlantic combined. Windstream and Telxius are bilaterally leveraging each company’s routes to address customer network diversity requirements and capacity needs. The potential for clients is endless.”

Gerardo Bonilla, Head of Sales for Telxius, said, “Telxius is keen to enable the interconnection of two key cable landing stations in the US, offering the strategic ability of network protection at the subsea cable level. Windstream can offer robust options to customers to use either cable landing station. Our companies are now able to provide our respective customers end to end global solutions leveraging Windstream’s robust U.S. network and the Telxius subsea global network.”

Windstream’s state-of-the-art domestic network consists of approximately 150,000 fibre route miles and connects Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities across the USA. The core network’s high-performance, point-to-point 1G to 100G optical transport ensures direct connectivity, transparency and control to support customer diversity requirements.

The Telxius CLS campus also features connections with several independent US fibre-based backhaul providers. Access to other advanced subsea cables will be completed soon. Additionally, the Telxius Communications Campus in Virginia Beach connects directly to main data centre campuses in Ashburn, Richmond and Phoenix.

For more information, visit https://njfx.net/

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.