With 3.2 Terrabit through the Atlantic
The British telecom group Cable & Wireless is working with the French telecom supplier Alcatel to build a new transatlantic network called Apollo specifically for data transfer and Internet traffic.
The transatlantic cable should have a maximum data transfer rate of 3.2 TerraBit per second and enable a fast Internet connection from North America and Europe. The cost of this project is approximately $ 1.2 billion, according to Cable & Wireless. The cable is expected to provide 25 percent more capacity than any currently existing, according to Cable & Wireless. The cable itself consists of four fiber optic pairs, each of which transports 80 wavelength channels. Each wavelength channel should then work with up to 10 GBit per second. The cable bridges a distance of around 13,000 kilometers and leads from France via Great Britain to America. Apollo should then start its service in summer 2002.