Sea Fibre Networks t/a CeltixConnect

Sea Fibre Networks t/a CeltixConnect

March 09, 2011 19:00 ET

CeltixConnect Awarded Consent for Subsea Telecoms Cable Lay

Major milestone achieved for launching new European cable in Q2, 2011

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - March 09, 2011) - CeltixConnect, provider of Europe's most advanced sub-sea telecommunications network, today announced it has been awarded subsea consent, in the United Kingdom, for the deployment of Europe's most modern sub-sea telecoms cable linking Ireland and the UK. The consent was awarded by DEFRA (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) following detailed consultation with vested interests in the UK and marks a significant milestone in the deployment of the first European telecoms cable in over a decade. 

Diane Hodnett, Chief Executive Officer, CeltixConnect said: "The awarding of the consent brings to a conclusion over two years of work and puts us on target to go live with the Celtix cable in June, 2011. Recently we have seen an even greater escalation in demand for resilient, higher capacity communications. CeltixConnect, through its most technically advanced infrastructure, will be uniquely positioned to deliver the platform necessary to underpin the growth of video, social and business networks, the burgeoning gaming industry and the unprecedented adoption of cloud computing."

The CeltixConnect cable lands in the heart of Dublin's business district at East Point Business Park and the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC), connecting from there to the T50, Dublin's major metropolitan network that links all key business districts, datacentres and business parks. Ireland's continued success in attracting digital services foreign direct investment is dependent on its ability to deliver on the fundamentals of high capacity communications infrastructure - the most critical of which is a modern sub-sea cable capable of transporting content and data in and out of the country securely and at the highest speeds.

Demand and traffic volumes related to the Internet double every two years. Legacy networks globally are straining to accommodate the ever-increasing demand. Demand in the corporate sector is being driven by the mounting adoption of cloud computing, including applications such as hosted email, CRM, streaming video and other applications; intensified regulation and compliance; the continued conversion of traditional business to Internet centric models; and the continuing explosion of online media – all of which needs to be transported, distributed and stored. Together these demand drivers are pushing the expansion of a digital world, founded on a fibre infrastructure of secure, high capacity communications and highly available datacentres. In addition, Video-on-Demand, IPTV peer-to-peer video and Internet video is forecasted to represent nearly 90% of all consumer traffic by 2012.

In the UK, the privately owned carrier neutral sub-sea cable lands at Porth Dafarch, North Wales and will have the ability to connect to the Welsh Assembly Government funded "FibreSpeed", an open access fibre-optic network that connects Holyhead to Manchester, and with a number of other major fibre-optic networks that connect into London and onto mainland Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Wales' Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM said: "The Welsh Assembly Government is determined that Wales has a first class telecommunications network to compete in the global economy, and investment in this kind of infrastructure will play a key part in this vision. This project will improve the competitive business environment of both Wales and Ireland, improving connectivity and creating the opportunities for jobs and economic growth.

In Wales, we are working with the private sector to bring about significant improvements in connectivity throughout nation over the next few years and I look forward to seeing CeltixConnect and Fibrespeed work together to achieve our ambitions."

About CeltixConnect

CeltixConnect is building an undersea telecommunications cable consisting of 72 fibre pairs (144 fibre strands) between Dublin, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Originating from Ireland, CeltixConnect will open a high capacity gateway that will provide unrivalled capacity and connectivity to enterprises, carriers and mobile operators. CeltixConnect's cable infrastructure will use the latest technology and will be shorter, more diverse and scalable than any of the existing cables. The CeltixConnect cable will provide a portfolio of high capacity communications products including a unique "wet route" offering of dark or managed fibre.

The cable will enable customers to connect to numerous third party long-haul and metro fibre networks in both Ireland and the U.K. and in doing so offer end users full connectivity from Dublin to anywhere in Europe and the U.S. Unlike other cables installed by carriers for their own purposes, the Company's cable will be carrier neutral and will be available to all carriers, mobile operators, ISPs as well as enterprise customers. The Company will market its high capacity services to technology companies e.g. cloud computing providers, Internet-based organisations such as media/content providers, telecommunications companies, financial service firms and other large enterprises. The Company is privately held and based in Dublin, Ireland.

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