Equinix and Telxius Partner on Next-Gen Cable Landing Stations

Equinix and Telxius are working together on U.S. facilities and services for the next-generation cable landing station architecture for the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems.

The two subsea cables will terminate in the U.S. directly into the MAREA and BRUSA cable landing station located in Virginia Beach, VA, and the capacity will extend the backhaul capacity into Equinix DC2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, representing the newest design in subsea cable infrastructure.

The MAREA subsea cable, which Telxius has recently opened for business, is a joint project with Facebook and Microsoft. It is the highest capacity subsea cable system built across the Atlantic, consisting of eight fiber pairs that will stretch 4,000 miles connecting Virginia Beach, VA, and Sopelana (near Bilbao), Spain.

Telxius is responsible for the operation of the cable and leverages its IP, capacity, collocation and security services through it.

Telxius is also building BRUSA, a new subsea cable over 6,800 miles in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza, Brazil, with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Virginia Beach, VA (USA).

BRUSA is to be completed by mid-2018. It will provide eight fiber pairs, offering leading-edge technology which will allow BRUSA to support ultrafast transmission capacity and to increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultra-high-speed broadband services. BRUSA is set to offer one of the lowest latency communication links between two of the largest economies in the region, the U.S. and Brazil.

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