Confluence received an investment required to complete the development and construction of its Confluence-1 subsea cable system. The funding is given by MasTec Inc., a US-based infrastructure construction company, upon buying an equity interest in the company.
Confluence-1, expected to be ready for service in H2 2023, is the first network to meet the demands among the major cable landings on the East Coast of the US including New York, NY; Miami, FL; Virginia Beach, VA; and Jacksonville, FL. It will also open a new strategic node in Myrtle Beach, SC.
This subsea cable system would facilitate many intercontinental cable routes within the Americas, as well as between the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In fact, the network specifically addresses the lack of availability of dark fiber and enables diverse routing on the North-South route between New York and Miami.
Once fully implemented, the 24 fiber pairs integrated within Confluence-1 will provide over 500 Tbps of capacity on the new route. This highly secure, resilient, and fault-tolerant technology will prove particularly valuable in times of national crisis and for disaster recovery.
Confluence-1 will also be engineered to meet the needs of OTTs, carriers, financial institutions, and other organizations that require high capacity and reliable low-latency connectivity. Moreover, Confluence-1 will serve as a more robust and scalable alternative to the US coastal terrestrial network. Besides, it will allow highly diverse connections among international undersea cables and many new East Coast Data Centers.
Jose Mas, MasTec’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are delighted to play a significant role in this important new development as now is the perfect time to focus on true redundancy. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Confluence Networks, and to the future developments that will ensue as we deepen our involvement in the global communications community.”
Paul Scott, CEO of Confluence Networks, added, “We are fortunate to have MasTec as a partner in this enterprise and excited to be working with them in the realization of Confluence-1. We see Confluence-1 as an opportunity to make a game-changing addition to both the US domestic network and the intercontinental network on the East Coast, and look toward many more such opportunities as the global network evolves.”