Two billion if by sea, with Island’s new NYNJ-1 cable

Sea hunt: Cleareon's new "sub-sea" NYNJ-1 cable connects Long Island to a vast global data network.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

They like to be under the sea at Cleareon Fiber Networks, a data-transmission specialist that’s happy to have its headquarters in New York City, but prefers that its transmission lines bypass the Big Apple.

So it’s into the Atlantic for Cleareon, which on Monday announced NYNJ-1, a new “sub-sea system” providing fiber-rich 100 gig wavelengths – the rate at which data packets are transmitted, in this case very high – between transatlantic cable landing stations in Wall Township, NJ, and Westbury.

The data comes ashore in Westbury at 1025Connect, a network-neutral carrier hotel, meet-me-room and data center designed specifically to provide undersea connectivity to global data networks while leapfrogging NYC.

The new NYNJ-1 cable route offers “critical physical diversity as an alternative route,” according to Cleareon, which will initially offer 100 gig wavelength service between Wall and Westbury but is planning “additional wavelength options in the near future.”

Cliff Kane: Sea-ing it through.

The cable “effectively end-runs the entirety of New York City by connecting Long Island to Northern New Jersey,” according to Cleareon co-CEO Cliff Kane, and does so with “ready connections to local access networks as well as data centers, exchanges and [disaster-recovery] facilities throughout the … metropolitan area.”

The initial 100-gig wavelength service will also connect with Cleareon’s proprietary PANMetro solution, a carrier-grade transport network connecting a vast ecosystem of wired and wireless carriers, clouds and other content companies with a wide range of digital-services providers.

“Subsea connectivity is becoming increasingly important, as evidenced by sustained and growing investment in both regional and transoceanic systems,” Kane said Monday. “The users of these systems require true geographical diversity to support the resiliency that their customers demand.”

Launched in 2014, Cleareon provides both “lit” services – in which Cleareon provides the equipment modules at each end that “light” the cables and facilitate data transmission, as with PANMetro – and “dark fiber” services, in which the customer provides and maintains the equipment.

The NYC firm – which boasts “one-hop proximity to billions of users from hundreds of (companies),” including wireless carriers, colocation facilities, social networks, media companies, game developers, financial networks and others – is now accepting orders for the NYNY-1 cable, with “service turn-up” slated for the fall.


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