Cork is to get a new high-speed internet connection to France.
Work is underway to install the connection between Ringaskiddy and Lannion in France.
Ireland-France Subsea Cable Limited (IFSC) has announced a partnership with Tiger Infrastructure Partners to finance and construct IFC-1, the submarine fiber-optic cable system that will be the first and only direct subsea cable between Ireland and France.
The IFC-1 system will be a state-of-the-art subsea cable and provide high capacity transmission to telecommunication carriers, internet companies and large enterprises in Ireland looking for connectivity to continental Europe.
The subsea cable has been designed to extend terrestrially into Dublin and Paris providing connectivity and enabling long digital line segments.
The system is scheduled to be ready for service in late 2018.
IFSC was founded in Cork in early 2015 as a single purpose entity to develop a submarine fibre-optic cable system between Ireland and France.
“The massive growth of Ireland’s data centre industry and the requirement for resilient telecommunications infrastructure has created the need for a new, direct route to continental Europe,” said Michael Cunningham, chairman of IFSC.
“We are delighted that Tiger Infrastructure shares our vision and look forward to having them as our partner.
“We are pleased to be working with IFSC and its experienced leadership team to develop and build this strategic cable between Ireland and France,” said Emil Henry, CEO and managing partner of Tiger Infrastructure Partners.
In August 2015, Cork saw its first high-speed internet link when a transatlantic cable between London and New York was also connected to Garretstown beach providing international connectivity for Cork-based companies and data centres.
The Hibernia Express cable was the first transatlantic internet cable to be laid in 12 years.