Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Submarine cable could link Ulster to America

Northern Ireland’s telecommunications network could get a massive boost when a submarine cable is brought ashore.

US-owned Hibernia Atlantic has expressed a vested interest in linking Northern Ireland directly to north America via an existing cable.

Hibernia currently runs two cables from north America to Europe — one of which services Dublin.

The network is currently in place in the ocean, just 24kms off the North Antrim coast.

Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Atlantic, said the company is hoping to expand its existing network into Northern Ireland.

“It would be very expensive to build a new direct submarine cable between Northern Ireland and the US and our northern cable network is already in place,” Mr Thorvardarson said.

“It would make it so much more interesting if there was a direct telecommunications cable.”

The need for a direct connectivity link between Northern Ireland and the rest of the world has already been identified by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Mr Thorvardarson revealed that the company has earmarked the Causeway Coast area as the best place to bring its existing cable ashore if it goes ahead with the plans.