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Orange announces submarine cable linking US East Coast to France

Claiming to be taking a leading role in the US to Europe connectivity route, global telco Orange has announced plans to build a communications cable linking Massachusetts in the US to le Porge near Bordeaux.

Pending the approval from the local authorities in the US, the new AMITIÉ cable is scheduled to be ready for service at the beginning of 2022, offering 16 fibre pairs with up to 23 Tbps of capacity each, both having more capacity than all existing systems currently in service on the transatlantic front.

The new link is designed to ensure resiliency and traffic continuity on what Orange calls a vital and important axis. The Atlantic Ocean is one of the world’s busiest routes in terms of connectivity with more than 80% of internet traffic generated in France coming from the US, and Orange calculates that traffic between North America and Europe doubles every two years on average, adding that the route has supported an unprecedented traffic surge during the first lockdown period of the current Covid pandemic. As a result, Orange says that owning capacity on the route is strategic to support traffic growth in the coming years.

The AMITIÉ submarine cable plans come after