Project Express
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Project Express

Project Express

“Hibernia Express set a new industry standard in low latency services connecting Europe and North America, leveraging leading edge innovation in optical networking and a highly efficient routing design. The execution by David Smith and his team in delivering the project and the innovative solutions deployed were key to the successful delivery of Hibernia Express.”

Bjarni Thorvardarson, Chief Executive Officer Hibernia Networks

Overview

Hibernia had created a strategically unique network connecting North America, Europe and Asia, serving over 100 markets and spanning 25 countries. While the network provided diversity and redundancy to its customers Hibernia wanted to provide the lowest latency route between North America and Europe.

Business Challenge(s)

To supplement Hibernia’s broad range of products and services the challenge was to provide a resilient trans-Atlantic network connectivity solution to customers with stringent latency requirements between major markets in Western Europe and North America.

Technology / Business Solution

Hibernia Express is a low-latency, high-capacity subsea, 2,855 mile transatlantic cable connecting North America and Europe through landing points in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Brean, England; and Cork, Ireland. It has a total system capability of 53Tbps.
The Hibernia Express cable was designed and delivered with a diverse and redundant routing architecture to ensure that it provides the fastest and most reliable connection between major markets in Western Europe and North America in order to meet growing customer demand for fast, high capacity international connectivity solutions.

Construction of the Hibernia Express system commenced in July 2014 and was completed and went into service on time and on budget on September 15, 2015. The Express network currently provides capacity of up to 100 Gbps and will be upgradeable to 400 Gbps in the future.

Business Results

Hibernia Express was the first transatlantic cable system deployed in more than 12 years up to 2015, providing fast (under 59 milliseconds between New York and London), resilient network connectivity solutions to customers with stringent latency requirements.

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Project Kelvin

Project Kelvin

“Project Kelvin was an important and critical infrastructure project for the Company and the clean execution of the project and delivery of the network was one we as an organization were very proud of and David Smith and his team were instrumental in making that happen”.

Bjarni Thorvardarson, Chief Executive Officer Hibernia Networks

Overview

Project Kelvin was a joint initiative between the Republic of Ireland’s Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and Northern Ireland’s Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and was co-funded through the EU INTERREG IVA programme. The Project’s overall objective was to further attract business to the island of Ireland, provide the country with resiliency and offer further economic stimulus.

Business Challenge(s)

Project kelvin was a multi-million-euro cable build project, providing the island of Ireland with its first direct 40Gbps network. This cable connected with Hibernia Atlantic’s terrestrial fibre optic ring deployed to 13 towns and cities, including Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry/Derry, Omagh, Portadown, Strabane, Letterkenny, Castleblayney, Dundalk, Drogheda and Monaghan. Completed in March 2010, the cable provides a direct communications link from the 13 locations in the region to Europe and North America.

Technology / Business Solution

Project Kelvin build included both an undersea cable linking Hibernia Atlantic’s most northern TransAtlantic route directly to Ireland as well as a terrestrial cable linking 13 towns/cities.

In June of 2009 the underwater cable landed at Portrush, which linked the island of Ireland with North America and Europe. We then went on to complete the terrestrial route simultaneously linking Letterkenny, Drogheda, Castleblaney and Monaghan. On completion there was an extra route out of Dublin and an additional cable coming into and out of Ireland for exceptional capacity and back-up support. This also allowed us to carry bandwidth directly to North America, avoiding the common and congested routes around London and New York waterways.

The most innovative aspect of the project was the use of a new submarine cable which connected terrestrial infrastructure to an existing transatlantic submarine cable. The new cable’s landing point was on the north coast of the island of Ireland, avoiding the existing telecommunications networks concentrated in Belfast and Dublin. To reduce the environmental impact on the shore, a 600-metre directional drill was installed by digging from behind the beach, under the sea wall and into the North Channel.

The larger of the two vessels is the CS Sovereign, a Global Marine cable ship which laid the cable. The smaller vessel is the Margaret Sinclair, from which divers supported the final operations in shallower waters. The near shore, submarine cables are buried a few meters deep in the sand to keep them safe from anchors and fishing boats.

Business Results

Once the build was completed in March 2010, businesses operating into and within the island of Ireland were able to avail of direct, low latency connectivity to Canada, USA and mainland Europe at competitive pricing. Northern Ireland also benefited from having a super-fast fiber optic ring encircling it. It only takes one millisecond for data to travel completely around the ring.

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