Orange, one of world’s leading telecommunications operators and major investor in over 40 submarine cables, has teamed up with Telxius, the communications infrastructure company of the Telefónica Group, to collaborate in Europe and the US on backhaul extensions for the Dunant cable, a Google project.
The Atlantic is one of the world’s busiest network routes and the Dunant cable will address the massive growth in data and content needs between Europe and the US. This 6,600km-long transatlantic cable will connect the US to the French Atlantic coast and aims to launch services in late 2020.
Under this agreement, Orange and Telxius offer co-location services at their respective Cable Landing Stations in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez (France) and Virginia Beach (US) and operate them.
Both are strategic locations as they are located near main connectivity hubs on both sides of the Atlantic. From its Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez Cable Landing Station, Orange will enable terrestrial connection to Telxius up to Paris, while Telxius will connect Orange to Ashburn from Virginia Beach.
Jerome Barré, CEO of Orange Wholesale and International Networks, said: “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Telxius, which will allow us to provide our customers with very high capacity end-to-end services, as well as network redundancy, on the strategic transatlantic route.”