THUS Plc has been selected by FARICE (the international submarine cable system connecting Iceland and the Faroe Islands to Scotland) to design, install and maintain an optical backhaul network between FARICE’s landing station in Castletown Northern Scotland and the company’s Point of Presence in Edinburgh.
Together with FARICE’s submarine cable the connection forms the primary connection between Iceland, the Faroe Islands and mainland Europe. THUS has been awarded a ten year contract to provide a ‘managed fibre solution’, to supply network management to the customer’s backhaul network in Scotland.
The THUS managed fibre solution will deploy Dense Wave Division Multiplexing technology to significantly enlarge the capacity and capability of the FARICE network to carry advanced voice and data services. This solution expects to significantly enhance Iceland’s credentials as a primary location for global businesses to locate mission critical back office support systems, including off-shore complex web hosting services.
Gudmundur Gunnarsson, chief executive officer at FARICE said, “THUS was chosen in a competitive tender because of its extensive experience and existing support and management systems in Scotland. This network forms the primary communications link to Europe for Iceland and the Faroe Islands and THUS is working closely with us to deliver a cost effective solution that meets our needs on such a critical project. It made sense for THUS to tie the management of this DWDM system into its existing network management centre which already manages our fibre in Scotland, giving us simple access to a single management view“.
THUS already provides the FARICE fibre connection from Castletown to Edinburgh following a contract announced in 2002. The submarine cable was operational in January 2004 at an initial cost of 45 million and DWDM is now being used to maximise fibre capacity. The CIENA Metronet system used in the backhaul in Scotland will initially deliver 4 x 2.5Gbit/s wavelengths but it is capable of delivering 33 x 2.5Gbit/s wavelengths if bandwidth requirements increase in the future.
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