Featured Article 14 Aug 2015

In what is the country’s first dedicated transatlantic modern subsea fibre optic cable, the connection, which comes in through Killala, is backed by Aqua Comms.

The improved internet capabilities will come as a boon to content providers, global data centres and cloud networks, which represent some of the major tech employers in the country.

The connection point was opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, with hopes that it can foster the creation of thousands of indirect jobs, something incredibly difficult to truly attribute.

The most advanced transatlantic cable

The transatlantic cable is able to handle one-third of the world’s phone calls, the most advanced of its kind crossing the Atlantic. It will hook up New York and Mayo directly, with Dublin, London and the rest of Europe joining in.

Ireland was all about the cables last month with the news that Cork was also linked up with the Hibernia Express, another transatlantic cable that links the US to the UK.

Upon completion, the Hibernia Express cable will connect Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Slough in the UK. It will deliver speeds of up to 100Gbps transported over 4,600km of cable.

Main image of Killala via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt

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