Sunday, July 10, 2022

Farice plans fiber route linking Iceland, Ireland and Japan

Farice reached a sales agrement with Far North Digital (FND) for fiber connectivity between Japan and Iceland via Farice’s new IRIS submarine cable and FND’s planned Arctic cable.

Construction is currently underway for Farice's IRIS Subsea Telecoms Cable System from Iceland to Galway, Ireland. The system is planned for service early 2023.

The FND fiber cable will be the first Arctic route connecting Asia with Europe via the Northwest Passage, greatly reducing the optical distance between Asia and Europe, thus minimizing latency.  FND is aiming for commercial launch by the end of 2026.

Farice and FND have agreed to develop a connectivity exchange at their shared landing site in Galway, Ireland.  Through the exchange, customers will be able to buy direct connectivity between Japan and Iceland, linking the third largest economy in the world and Iceland, which has 100% green and sustainable electricity.

“We are very excited about the development of the new Arctic fibre cable that will bring the continents of Asia, Northern America and Europe closer together.  The landing of the cable in Galway next to our IRIS cable will drive the development of a new submarine network exchange, connecting Iceland to Asia, North America and Northern Scandinavia”, says Thorvardur Sveinsson, CEO of Farice.

“Farice is a terrific partner, and Iceland has the renewable resources to make the Internet greener”, says Guy Houser, FND’s Chief Technical Officer.  “Our combined system offers faster and more secure connectivity for the world and the North.  It is critical infrastructure in the information age.”

IRIS cable to link Iceland to Ireland with up to 108 Tbps

IRIS, a new six-fiber pair undersea cable system, will connect Iceland and Ireland with up to 108 Tbps of system capacity.

Farice, the international connectivity provider fully owned by the Icelandic Government, has selected Subcom as the primary contractor.

Currently, there are two other submarine cable systems that connect Iceland to Europe – FARICE-1 (2003) and DANICE (2009). 

IRIS will be approximately 1,700 km in length and connect south west of Iceland to Ballyloughane Strand in Galway, Ireland. Farice has already finalized the DTS and marine survey work on Ireland’s continental shelf and will complete the remaining survey works to Iceland in 2021. Manufacture of the cable and equipment will take place at SubCom’s manufacturing headquarters in Newington, NH, USA during 2021 and early 2022, with main lay installation operations scheduled for summer 2022. The system is expected to be ready for service by the end of 2022.

Farice opted to land the IRIS cable in Ireland, a nexus of trans-Atlantic connections and a center of European operations for many international businesses. IRIS will directly connect to a new high-speed undersea cable system that will enable more diverse, secure, high-speed connectivity between Iceland and mainland Europe.

Rogers suffers widespread outage

Rogers experienced a widespread network outage beginning on Friday morning and impacting Quebec and Ontario primarily, as well as other linked services nationwide. The Rogers outage led to cascading effects at banks, credit card processing, and online businesses.

On Saturday, Rogers reported service restoration to the majority of its users. 

Tony Staffieri, the president and CEO of Rogers, stated "We now believe we’ve narrowed the cause to a network system failure following a maintenance update in our core network, which caused some of our routers to malfunction early Friday morning. We disconnected the specific equipment and redirected traffic, which allowed our network and services to come back online over time as we managed traffic volumes returning to normal levels. We know how much our customers rely on our networks and I sincerely apologize. We’re particularly troubled that some customers could not reach emergency services and we are addressing the issue as an urgent priority. We will proactively credit all customers automatically for yesterday’s outage. This credit will be automatically applied to your account and no action is required from you."

Rogers launch Canada’s first commercial 5G standalone network

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StratCap acquires a key data center in Jacksonville

StratCap Data Centers has acquired a triple net leased data center in Jacksonville, Florida. Financial terms and name of the seller were not disclosed.

StratCap said the 25,600 square foot facility is fully leased to a major telecommunications carrier and serves as one of the company’s wireless communications switching centers. The facility includes a cell tower and acts as an essential hub for routing voice calls and text messages for the tenant’s customers in the surrounding region. The existing lease for the property commenced in 2002, and it was recently extended to 2038. In addition, the tenant has invested significant capital to upgrade the building to serve its technical operations and expand its 5G wireless coverage.

“This was an off-market, relationship-driven opportunity to invest in a mission critical asset with a high-quality tenant and nearly 16 years of lease term remaining,” stated Bryan Marsh, CEO of StratCap Data Centers. He continued, “We think the property is a perfect fit for our overall investment strategy and adds significant value to our overall portfolio.”

Quantum Source raises $15M for photonic vision

Quantum Source, a start-up based in Rehovot, Israel, announced $15 million in seed funding.

Quantum Source’s vision is to enable scaling quantum computers to millions of qubits using photonic technology.

The company was founded by three serial entrepreneurs and a Professor from the Weizmann Institute of Science: Oded Melamed, CEO, who was the co-founder and CEO of Altair Semiconductor acquired by Sony; Gil Semo, VP R&D, who was among the founding team of Anobit Technologies acquired by Apple, who later became the Director of Platform Architecture at Apple in Israel; Dan Charash, Chairman, who was the co-founder and CEO of Provigent acquired by Broadcom; and Prof. Barak Dayan, Senior Scientist and founder and head of the Quantum Optics lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The company employs twenty-five physicists and engineers, fifteen of whom hold PhD degrees.

The round was co-led by Grove Ventures, Pitango First, and Eclipse Ventures.

Oded Melamed, CEO and Co-Founder, Quantum Source: “The difference between small quantum computers that are developed today, with tens or hundreds of qubits, and building efficient, large-scale quantum computers with millions of qubits is huge. The photonic quantum technology that Quantum Source is developing will enable a dramatic leap forward and the realization of quantum computer systems with millions of qubits. These new full-scale quantum computers will have a significant impact on many industries, solving previously computationally impossible problems in multiple sectors, such as drug and material development, finance, and cybersecurity.”

SpaceX launches 46 Starlink satellites from California

On Sunday, July 10 at 6:39 p.m. PT, Falcon 9 launched 46 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. 

This Falcon 9 first stage booster previously launched Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, DART, and three Starlink missions. 

This was the 29th SpaceX mission for 2022 and the 50th dedicated Starlink mission