Crosslake Fibre’s CrossChannel submarine cable is now live.

CrossChannel is a next generation, high-capacity system with 96 fibre pairs supporting over 2,400 Tbps of capacity. The network spans 550km, 149km of which is submarine. The system is the first to be installed between the UK and France in over 20 years.

Diversity was a key driver behind this project which has been designed to be physically diverse of existing fibre infrastructure. The system’s shorter length also reduces the risk of outages and lowers operating costs as fewer amplification sites are required.
CrossChannel directly connects Equinix LD4 in Slough with Interxion PAR3 and Equinix PA7 in Paris, with extensions to additional points-of-presence in both locations. Following its launch, Crosslake Fibre’s new system is now the lowest latency fibre connection between these two hubs, delivering connectivity in less than 5.5 milliseconds round trip delay.
Crosslake Fibre has selected Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme to help meet its capacity demands and improve the network’s resiliency. Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan with Liquid Spectrum’s Channel Margin Gauge app will also be deployed to allocate and scale capacity in real time (from 600 Gbps to 800 Gbps) to adapt to changing customer requirements.
Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre celebrated the announcement saying, “The CrossChannel system will provide critical Internet backbone infrastructure across the English Channel for decades to come. We are excited to launch the CrossChannel system, which is the culmination of years of development and incredible effort by the Crosslake Fibre team and its many suppliers.”
Join us in London on 17th and 18th May for the EMEA region’s leading subsea connectivity event, Submarine Networks EMEA 2022. Head to the event website to find out more.