Zayo unleashes the power of Zeus , connecting the UK and continental Europe
Zayo has announced the launch of its new Zeus subsea route connecting the UK and continental Europe via access points in Lowestoft , UK and Zandvoort , Netherlands . Zayo engineered Zeus to be the densest , deeply-buried and robust cable available in the North Sea , and the route includes terrestrial backhaul connectivity to London and Amsterdam .
“ Meeting the connectivity needs of tomorrow requires deploying the most advanced network today and that ’ s exactly what we ’ ve built for customers who want a hyper-fast and ultra-reliable connection between the UK and mainland Europe ,” said Jesper Aagaard , President of Zayo Europe . “ Zeus is now the strongest connection available in the region . We utilised the best cable available , buried it deeper in the seabed than our competitors and made it even more reliable than alternatives . We are confident our customers will benefit from this project for years – and even decades – to come .”
Zeus was specifically designed for speed , security and reliability . At 192 fibres , Zeus contains the highest fibre count connecting the UK and mainland Europe . Zayo utilised Ultra Low Loss ( ULL ) optical fibres , so wavelength throughput on a single channel between London and Amsterdam can reach up to 600G . To meet customers ’ next-generation bandwidth needs , the network can handle 2,650 Tbps of C Band when at capacity .
Zeus is now the deepest-buried cable in the North Sea , located between two and three metres under the seabed in comparison with half a metre for existing , outdated cables . The cable is guaranteed to be 100 % dualarmoured – all the way through the joints – to prevent interference . To ensure an optimal customer experience , Zayo continuously monitors Zeus via OTDR devices for rapid fault identification . In addition , Zayo will be
MEETING THE CONNECTIVITY NEEDS OF TOMORROW REQUIRES DEPLOYING THE MOST ADVANCED NETWORK TODAY . leveraging a 24x7 guard vessel to monitor any activity along the path .
“ The North Sea is an extremely challenging body of water for a subsea project like Zeus ,” said Geir Holmer , CEO of JTD Associates and a key consultant on the project . “ Not only are there harsh weather conditions and relentless currents , the seabed is littered with items , some as simple as a discarded aluminium can and some as formidable as unexploded bombs left over from the Second World War . Not only did we overcome these challenges , we worked tirelessly with Zayo to ensure this route was built to last – making it the most resilient route across the North Sea . I ’ m proud to have been part of this project and what it will enable for decades to come .” p