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Geo Networks Extends New 7 Terabit UK Fibre Optic Network into Ireland

Posted: 13th May, 2011 By: MarkJ
fibre_optic_cable.pnggeo_networks_uk_logo.gifGeo Networks, a dedicated fibre optic solutions provider, has signed a new agreement with an Irish electricity firm, Eirgrid, to deploy a second subsea fibre optic cable between the UK and Ireland.

The €600 million EU funded project, which should provide a significant broadband ISP performance boost for Anglo-Irish businesses (i.e. 7 Terabits [7000 Gigabits] of data capacity), will effectively commercialising part of Eirgrid’s East-West Interconnector (electricity link) between Rush, Dublin and Prestatyn, Wales.

Chris Smedley, CEO of Geo, said:

"As businesses start to build their way out of the economic downturn, it is vital that their infrastructure supports their needs. By working with EirGrid to establish a dual route, the delivery of critical data-intensive traffic is guaranteed, providing the solid foundation that enables business expansion.

Customers on both sides of the Irish Sea will benefit from a single service provider offering a combination of two routes between the UK and Ireland, and the diversity will provide unequalled resilience, unmatched in service availability."

EirGrid's CEO, Dermot Byrne, added:

"Fast broadband has huge potential to strengthen economic activity in Ireland and increase job opportunities in Ireland’s growing high tech and online sectors. The commercialisation of a portion of the Interconnector communications system will greatly enhance existing telecommunications offerings in Ireland, as well as increasing market competition."

It's understood that GEO, which has an existing 3,000km long national UK fibre optic network, has already begun construction of the new service. The first actual connectivity is expected to be achieved in September 2012.
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