EXA Infrastructure has added a fifth transatlantic fiber route to its network footprint with the addition of the Dunant cable, connecting the US and Europe via a southern corridor across the Atlantic.
This new route complements EXA’s existing cables connecting Paris and Bordeaux in France to the large data center clusters of Virginia Beach, Richmond and Ashburn in the US. This new route offers excellent diversity from other transatlantic cables as well as connecting to EXA’s extensive European backbone onwards to Madrid, Barcelona and Marseille via differentiated routes.
“The transatlantic is the largest subsea market globally and with the anticipated growth in the market EXA is uniquely positioned to provide our customers with the greatest choice of diversity and availability across our five transatlantic routes,” EXA Infrastructure, Vice President Network Investments, Steve Roberts said. “The addition of the Dunant cable to our portfolio, which is 400G and spectrum ready accelerates our mission to become the undisputed pan-European and transatlantic data center to data center connectivity provider.”
EXA continues to invest and expand its network to meet the increasing connectivity demands of today and forecasted for the future. According to Telegeography, global internet bandwidth has grown by 23% in 2023 with the total internet bandwidth now standing at 1,217 Tbps, which represents a 4-year CAGR of 28%. While, international internet traffic has increased in line with internet bandwidth, both peaking at around 30% between 2019-2023.
EXA has been a leading independent subsea cable operator for more than 20 years, with its roots dating back to Hibernia Networks, Interoute Communications and KPN International. Its footprint today extends to 18,000 kilometres of owned subsea cable plant and 20 owned cable landing stations.
Roberts adds: “EXA is also a fiber pair owner on eight other subsea cables around Europe and the Mediterranean, reflecting our commitment to invest in subsea infrastructure for customers who are seeking reliable, low latency and high-performance data connections.”
This transatlantic investment follows the news of EXA expanding into a strategic partnership with Bulk Infrastructure on the Havfrue subsea cable connecting the US to Norway and Denmark and into EXA’s extensive European backbone.