Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aqua Comms gets two new execs as company expands subsea network

One of the main focus is now on building a cable connecting Ireland and the UK providing onward connectivity to New York and London.

Subsea fibre-optic network operator Aqua Comms has appointed Andy Hudson as Chief Networks Officer and Kevin Foley as Chief Financial Officer as the company expands its undersea network.

Hudson has worked in telecommunications for over 30 years. He has previously served a COO of the Bermuda Telephone Company (wholly owned by Digicel).

Foley has served as Chief Financial Officer for Cable & Wireless Barbados, (Flow), a Liberty Global company.  He was also a Board Member of Cable & Wireless Communications Insurance Ltd., and has held other C-suite roles at Cable & Wireless, including CFO, Cayman Islands, and Finance Director of Carrier Services.

The appointments to Aqua Comms’ executive leadership team follow a period of growth since America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) launched in January 2016 connecting Ireland to the US.

Aqua Comms has also begun to develop CeltixConnect-2, a high capacity subsea cable system crossing the Irish Sea from Dublin to Manchester and connecting to the Isle of Man.

CeltixConnect-2 has been designed to complement the already existing CeltixConnect-1 cable.

The new cable system, which will provide onward connectivity to New York and London through AEConnect, will utilise the fibre-optic technology to support the transmission capabilities, including 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), 16QAM and beyond.  Formal survey work for CeltixConnect-2 will commence in the coming quarter.

In addition to CeltixConnect-2, Aqua Comms is in preliminary stages of development on North Sea Connect, a subsea cable system crossing the North Sea from the North East UK to Denmark.

Aqua Comms also has plans to expand available connectivity to AEConnect at its Point of Presence (PoP) at 1025Connect in Westbury, New York.

Additionally, the company is also set to increase the system’s footprint by opening service capabilities in Ashburn, Virginia, and at NJFX, a carrier-neutral colocation facility located in Wall, New Jersey.

Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms, said: “As we embark on the development of two new subsea cable systems, CeltixConnect-2 and North Sea Connect, the diverse global telecom experience and commercial focus that both Andy Hudson and Kevin Foley possess will become an immediate asset to our strategic vision of providing next-generation, international connectivity.

“Aqua Comms’ focus is to facilitate a superhighway to feed the digital economy, and we are intent on expanding the available capacity on our existing subsea networks by pushing the boundaries of technology, developing new cable routes, and extending the terrestrial reach of our systems to satisfy that demand.”