The subsea cable world is being disrupted by hyperscale cloud players, who are investing to reroute traditional undersea lanes to bring data traffic ashore near their giant data center campuses.
A new trans-Atlantic cable carrying Facebook and Google traffic from Europe will land at the NJFX colocation campus in Wall, NJ, boosting its bid to make New Jersey a strategic landing point for the world’s subsea cables.
Google will build its own private subsea cable to manage data traffic between Europe and its huge cloud campuses in Northern Virginia, with potential benefits for Virginia Beach.
Telecom consultant ACA International has announced plans to invest $52 million to open a 130,000-square-foot data center in Virginia Beach, helping build momentum for the city’s cable landing station as a data center hub.
Two colo providers built atop cable landing stations, NJFX in New Jersey and 1025 Connect on Long Island, will be connected by a new undersea fiber cable.
Colocation providers are building data centers at the sites where undersea fiber optic cables arrive in North America. It’s a new wrinkle in the evolution of edge computing.