Connection speeds to and from the US should gain a boost when Cable & Wireless strings a 13,000-kilometre cable system under the Atlantic Ocean between the US and Europe.
The two-leg cable, named Apollo, will handle Internet protocol traffic at up to 3.2Tbit/sec. One leg will carry data between the US and the UK and the other between the US and France. The cable is expected to be operational by the summer of next year.
The new cable will best today's fastest U.S.-to-Europe submarine link, which is owned and operated by London-based Flag Telecom and, according to Cable & Wireless, is rated at 2.4Tbit/sec. on each of its two legs.
Cable & Wireless has contracted with Alcatel in Paris to build the network at a cost of $442 million, plus an unspecified investment from Alcatel.