Galway Becomes A Key Landing Site For Submarine Cable Connecting Europe

- Sep 29, 2020-

Galway Becomes A Key Landing Site For Submarine Cable Connecting Europe


Currently, Galway, the western tip of Europe, has been confirmed as the landing point for the submarine optical cable connecting Iceland with the rest of Europe.

Galway Becomes A Key Landing Site For Submarine Cable Connecting Europe

According to Hong Kong IDC Xintianyu Interconnection, Farice has been preparing for a new type of submarine optical cable from Iceland to Europe since the beginning of 2019. Currently, it operates two submarine cable systems connecting Iceland and other Nordic regions, including since 2004. The "FARICE-1" put into use has a total length of 1,205 kilometers.

Farice hopes to find a suitable submarine cable landing site in Europe and select Galway. Farice CEO Thorvardur Sveinsson said: “Iceland’s landing site will be located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, and the final location will be determined around the winter of 2020/2021. If Galway’s reputation in business and education is added, this is a win-win situation.

This is similar to Hong Kong. Simply put, given Hong Kong’s eleven international submarine cable resources, companies can build dedicated lines of business in a targeted manner. This is essential for the ever-increasing global digital activities and will become A catalyst for attracting high-tech companies into and out of the sea.


At the same time, Farice is conducting a submarine survey along the route from Galway to the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone, which is 200 nautical miles from the coast. Once all marine surveys are completed, the project can be completed and put into operation within two years.

This is not the only basic project that has chosen Galway as its landing site. According to the plan, the proposed "PISCES" system will also land here.

With the construction and promotion of 5G and the rise and development of fiber optic communication, the market demand for optical communication products and devices is exploding, and higher requirements are placed on quality and performance.


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