Lynn Mayor McManus Welcomes New England's First Transatlantic Fiber Optic Cable System
an official groundbreaking on December 2, construction of the hub of New
England's first transatlantic fiber optic cable system is underway in
Lynn, Massachusetts. The cable, to be laid on the ocean floor for
Worldwide Telecom USA, Inc. (WTU), will establish connections with Europe
for the company's extensive North American network, will give Boston-area
companies a major telecommunications switching facility that is very close
to home - and will put Lynn on the world's telecommunications map.
completed as scheduled in March 2001, the transatlantic cable, called the
Hibernia System, will also have landing points in Halifax, Nova Scotia;
Dublin, Ireland; and Liverpool, England. Its initial value is placed at
$630 million; approximately $10 million will be invested in the U.S.
switching facility to be built on Commercial Street in Lynn, across
fromthe Lynn Vocational and Technical High School. The new
16,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ about 15 workers.
Patrick McManus and other City officials are pleased with Lynn's selection
as the cable hub, as it is expected to dramatically increase the City's
attractiveness as a location for companies requiring secure, high speed
data transmission capabilities. For a variety of reasons - including the
need to minimize the risk of security breaches, power outages and general
data transmission interruptions, and the desire to minimize data
transmission costs - companies with extensive telecommunication needs want
to locate their data facilities close to major switching hubs. The Lynn
facility means that fiber optic transmissions will no longer have to go
through New York City or other cities outside the area. "The
potential economic impact on the City of Lynn is considerable," says
WTU facility also will open new markets across both North America and the
European continent for Lynn's existing cyber-based businesses. Most of the
Cyber District already established by the City is located within minutes
of the new facility. According to Lynn's Development Director, Stephen
Harausz, the Hibernia System complements Bell Atlantic's existing
switching facilities and offers ShoreNet and other cyber-based businesses
located there even greater capabilities and competitive advantages.
was selected as the U.S. hub site because of its marine topography and its
proximity to the many high-tech companies in the area, according to WTU's
project manager, Chris Brassine. WTU's parent company, Vancouver-based
Worldwide Fiber, Inc., is currently building an 18,000-mile North American
fiber optic communications infrastructure.