France-basaed telecommunication provider, announces the readiness of AMITIE submarine fiber optic cable to serve between Europe and the United States of America. AMITIE mega submarine cable offers redundancy to the Dunant submarine cable that Orange launched in 2021.
AMITIE cable offers fully resilient global connectivity capability along one of the world’s busiest routes, that is Europe and Americas. Orange’s submarine cables, AMITIE and Dunant connects France and the United States. After almost four years of work between the two continents and the completion of validation tests, the AMITIE cable is now ready to offer a fully secure solution to complement the Dunant cable.
AMITIE cable route has a total length of 6,800 km and with 16 fiber pairs have a maximum capacity of 400 Tbps. AMITIE will connect Lynn near Boston (USA), Le Porge near Bordeaux (France) and Bude (England). Orange will benefit from two pairs of optical fibers on this new system, guaranteeing resilience and continuity of traffic on the transatlantic route, which is key for global Internet connectivity.
With traffic continuing to grow strongly to support the rise in digital uses, particularly those of content providers, the North America / Europe route is one of the densest on the planet in terms of connectivity. Although both join the US to France, the Dunant and AMITIE cables have separate routes, avoiding any risk of traffic interruption on this strategic axis. Their respective latencies of 38ms (Ashburn – Paris) for Dunant and 34ms (Bordeaux – New York) for AMITIE ensure excellent quality of experience and service.
Orange oversees the French part of the cable, and is in charge of operating and maintaining the system’s landing station. It provides all AMITIE cable partners with the terrestrial infrastructure required for its smooth operation, from the limit of French territorial waters to the new Equinix datacenter based in Bordeaux.
From its study phase to its construction, the AMITIE cable integrated the highest standards in terms of environmental protection. The choice of landing site and infrastructure was made to avoid the most sensitive zones and using the least invasive technologies. In France, the infrastructure is mostly underground and completely integrated into the landscape. For example, horizontal directional drilling was chosen, to go under the forest, dunes and beach, avoiding any impact on flora and fauna. The cable in French territorial waters and beyond is also buried in the seabed to avoid any conflict with fishing activity. By deploying the latest optical fiber and transmission technologies, the energy cost per megabit transported is significantly reduced.
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