Hibernia Hooks Up Ulster

Has been selected to deploy a new cable network for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) for Northern Ireland

January 6, 2009

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SUMMIT, N.J., and DUBLIN, Ireland -- Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transAtlantic submarine transport cable provider and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation, today announces it has been selected to deploy a historic, new cable network for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) for Northern Ireland and the Department Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) for the Republic of Ireland as part of Project Kelvin.

Project Kelvin is a joint €30 million initiative between DETI and DCENR and is partly funded through the EC INTERREG IVA programme. The new cable will link Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine, Londonderry, Omagh, Portadown and Strabane to Europe and North America. In addition, the cable will also provide links to Letterkenny, Castleblayney, Dundalk, Drogheda and Monaghan. This build marks another key milestone in Hibernia Atlantic’s history, as the communications company is the first to deploy a cable from North America to this region.

This build is also notable for Northern Ireland and global companies alike, as it offers a new wealth of capacity and the ability to directly and securely connect to Canada, US, UK and mainland Europe.Hibernia’s Irish network will carry bandwidth with speed and accuracy directly to North America, avoiding the common and congested routes around London and New York waterways.

Hibernia will connect to their existing network by installing a branching unit (BU) in their northern transAtlantic cable, thus providing two secure routes, one from Northern Ireland to Canada and the US and another from Northern Ireland into the UK. This will create the only diverse cable system offering secure circuits between Europe and Ireland with a protected ring between Ireland and the UK (via London, Manchester and Southport). The submarine cable will also be linked to an international carrier hotel or telehouse facility in Coleraine, which will provide further access to other service providers and Hibernia Atlantic’s new network Points of Presence (PoPs).

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