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Exa Infrastructure and Bulk Fiber Networks announce strategic partnership including the Havfrue transatlantic cable system

LONDON, UK, 17 OCTOBER 2023EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, and Bulk Fiber Networks today announce they have entered into a strategic partnership including the Havfrue subsea cable connecting the US to Norway and Denmark and into EXA’s extensive European backbone.

Havfrue will be fully integrated with EXA’s extensive European and US network, providing onward connectivity to hundreds of on net data centres and cable landing stations. Combined with EXA’s other transatlantic routes customers can benefit from multiple protection and diversity options to provide extremely high levels of availability.

This partnership will provide existing and prospective customers with a new diversified route starting in the US at New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) and direct to Kristiansand in Norway. A second arm extends to Esbjerg, Denmark. The route avoids the major conventional transatlantic traffic passages and establishes EXA and Bulk as the industry leaders offering diverse and robust infrastructure.

Bulk Fiber Networks VP Sales and Business Development, Merete Caubet said: “EXA is the ideal partner for Bulk in our mission to create a more healthy carrier community in the Nordics. Today, we take the next steps to the future of transatlantic connectivity whereby EXA Infrastructure and Bulk Fiber Networks unite to forge a strategic partnership that not only connects the US to the Nordics on the Havfrue subsea cable but also to EXA’s extensive network. The cable lands in Bulk’s N01 data centre campus in Kristiansand, Norway, fuelled by 100% renewable energy and also in DK01 data centre in Esbjerg, Denmark. Together, we chart a course from New Jersey to Norway and Denmark and in doing so, we redefine industry leadership, offering a diverse and robust connectivity solution.”

The Havfrue subsea cable is the only system serving the northern corridor today and is the first trans-Atlantic system ever to connect into Norway. The system became ready for service in 2020, spanning 7851 kilometres, with a system capacity of more than 144 Tbps and a trunk cable connecting New Jersey to Esbjerg on the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark.

According to 2022 report by Arizton Advisory and Intelligence the Nordic data centre market is set to reach $10.21 billion by 2027. The Nordic region is a growing hub to land submarine cables and for hyperscale and colocation data centre investments due to the strategic location, climate and access to sustainable energy which is accelerating this market as a hotspot.