Gil Santaliz, CEO shares his insights on the importance of Cable Landing Stations and predictions for the subsea industry in 2020. Find out what he thinks.


It’s been another exciting year for NJFX, can you tell us about what’s been happening?

NJFX has had an amazing year. We have been very focused on our partners and enabling our customers with access to the networking architecture and tech advancements they require to be flexible and prepare for growth. As the only CLS colocation campus in the U.S offering Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities, this year we have grown our carrier base and subsea cable access – to meet the high demand for diverse network architectures.
NJFX has established, through our partners, new routes which bypass heavily congested regions such as NYC and Miami. This enables customers true route diversity all the way down to the subsea cable layer along with security, low-latency and access to a vast carrier ecosystem.
We have grown our CLS campus this year to having five subsea cable systems including TGN1, TGN2, Seaborn, and Wall-LI (2020), which can interconnect our clients across North America, Europe, Caribbean, South America, Africa and AsiaPac. This year, we were also proud to announce NJFX as the landing point for the latest transatlantic subsea cable system, HAVFRUE/AEC2 (2019).
Our goal of being a strategic landing point for the world’s subsea deployments and serve as a major interconnection for global communications is being realized. We look forward to even further growth ahead.
How do you see the relationship between the data centre and subsea industries evolving?
NJFX is unique and offers tremendous value to our customers with the ability to interconnect to major international subsea networks complimented by terrestrial networks. In the U.S., we are the only ones doing this. This is the paradigm shift we are seeing happening right now: locating a Tier 3 colocation facility at the point where the cable systems make landfall. The benefits to this are myriad. Consider the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when millions in the Northeast were without power and several data centers in the financial district were literally underwater. Manhattan is a very complicated system with many core network interconnections running through it, much of it is legacy infrastructure prone to failure. These flaws were only compounded because much of the East Coast subsea capacity lands beyond New York City, but is also routed into the same complex network entanglement, eliminating what are often perceived as redundant solutions. Today, we know that a colocation campus, optimally located in New Jersey, which bypasses legacy chokepoints and congested New York City routes — built 64 feet above sea level, making it impervious to tidal surge — offers a critical solution for multinational businesses needing always available connectivity and access to data. By strategically intersecting a carrier-neutral subsea Cable Landing Station meet-me room with a Tier 3, carrier neutral data center, businesses, including carriers and financial services institutions, can diversify their connectivity options to key hubs across North America, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
What predictions do you have for the industry over the next 12-18 months?
I believe the future of Cable Landing Stations lies within building a community where a healthy density of diverse networks is created and attracts other infrastructure development.  Along with that, a carrier-neutral facility is ideal. Operationally, because the carrier-neutral facility is home to multiple networks, content providers and service providers, the process of establishing cross connects to partners is more efficient.  The connections themselves are more resilient as they are delivered within the security of the data centre itself. Carrier-neutral facilities increase the likelihood that any submarine cable project will be a success. Massive bandwidth demands and the need for highly reliable network infrastructure are driving the need to locate multiple subsea cable systems in one place. 
What can the audience expect to hear about from NJFX at the event in February?
NJFX CEO Gil Santaliz will discuss the importance of building a Tier-3 facility at an elevation where you can comfortably invest hundreds of millions of dollars in servers directly located on a CLS Campus. One subsea cable is a good application, but multiple subsea cables between four continents is a game changer. 
The ability to attract diverse dedicated fiber backhaul paths across North America that have operational Independence makes this unique in a population region of over 100 million. This is what NJFX has been developing over the last four years. 
Optimizing Internet caching content along the main arteries of the Internet is critical. Ashburn had led the world in hosting global content but now New Jersey can support a small portion that is most popular that Europe, South America, Africa and Asia would like to see – and that interacts with and from the NJFX Campus across four subsea cables in 2019.

Why is it important for NJFX to attend events like Submarine Networks EMEA?
Submarine Networks EMEA brings the industry together in a way like no other event.  In order to address the global demand for bandwidth, lower latency, and drive innovation, it’s essential for all sectors to collaborate and discuss the changing dynamics of global communications.  It’s a meeting of the minds across – subsea cable operators, data center providers, equipment vendors, telcos, content and cable providers, and more all focused on growth, new ideas and enabling more possibilities. We look forward to collaborating with industry leaders and sharing new ideas.
NJFX owns and operates a 64,800 square foot purpose-built Tier 3 Cable Landing Station (CLS) Colocation facility and 58-acre campus in Wall, NJ strategically located 64 ft above sea level and hurricane 5 resistant. This unique campus is the only CLS colocation campus in the U.S supported by several route-independent carriers that offer direct access to multiple independent subsea cable systems interconnecting North America, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. The facility offers direct access to TGN1, TGN2, Seaborn and HAVFRUE/AEC2 (2019) and Wall-LI (2021) subsea cable systems. High and low-density colocation solutions are available with 24/7 support. For more information, please visit
We are proud to welcome NJFX as our Silver Sponsor again at Submarine Networks EMEA 2020, 18-19 February 2020 in London. Meet with GIl and the team to learn the importance of building a Tier-3 facility at an elevation where you can comfortably invest hundreds of millions of dollars in servers directly located on a CLS Campus.
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