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Global fiber-based communications solutions provider, Zayo, has announced the deployment of its ‘Zeus’ underwater cable route, which is a new and varied subsea cable route. The new highly reinforced, hybrid, ultra-low-loss (ULL) cable will run parallel to but distinct from Zayo’s current Circe North undersea line, directly linking the United Kingdom to continental Europe through Lowestoft, United Kingdom, and Zandvoort, the Netherlands.
With a theoretical capacity of more than 4,000 TeraBytes per second, Zeus offers a significant increase in capabilities (Tbps).
For carriers, hyperscalers, hosting providers and enterprises who rely on “low-latency, low-loss, and high-capacity” bandwidth connections, the subsea Zeus route would allow vital connectivity and next-generation technologies along this key corridor.
"The deployment of the subsea Zeus route demonstrates our commitment to expanding our network footprint in Europe while also providing high-quality, essential connections for customers between key global markets" – Jesper Aagaard Read more https://t.co/Yu7YzXK9Zo #network #subsea pic.twitter.com/ORDNOgA55b
— Zayo (@ZayoGroup) July 22, 2021
“The deployment of the subsea Zeus route demonstrates our commitment to expanding our network footprint in Europe while also providing high-quality, essential connections for customers between key global markets,” said Jesper Aagaard, President of Zayo, Europe. “This investment will support the steep rise in global demand for bandwidth and capacity in data use and transfer across multiple sectors, primarily driven by a shift towards cloud services and the rapidly expanding number of networked devices and connections.”
The project is built to the highest engineering and sustainability standards, with low-emissions measures in place. For the installation of the maritime cable, the DEME Group chose a DEME Group Living Stone vessel with dual-fuel capability. In addition, the vessel uses biodegradable grease and oil, as well as heat recovery, to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur oxide.
For the project, Zayo is employing Hexatronic’s high-fiber-count cable, which offers the newest generation of cable technology, including high-capacity 192 fiber, 100% double armored cable with improved crush protection, and ULL fiber technology. In addition to greater capacity, the cable would offer the route with the highest durability.
According to the International Cable Protection Committee, 100 to 200 damaged subsea cables are recorded every year, with the majority of accidents being caused by human activity, with fishing being the most common cause. To reduce the impact of this action, the cable will be buried two to three meters beneath the seabed’s surface, offering greater protection and increased service availability.
“The Zeus subsea route represents not only the newest technology in equipment and installation but our dedication to responsible and sustainable infrastructure,” said Yannick Leboyer, Chief Operating Officer of Zayo, Europe.
Zayo owns and operates the Zeus diversified subsea system. Marine activities will begin in August 2021, with the goal of being fully operational by the end of the first quarter of 2022. Zayo is looking at new subsea channels to help expand capacity on the Circe South route between the United Kingdom and France.