Emerald Networks, a new undersea fibre optic network provider, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. Company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today announced that the survey of USA and Ireland territorial waters has commenced.  This is a key milestone for enabling the construction of the Emerald Express Trans-Atlantic Cable System.  The network will provide both low-latency and ultra-high bandwidth capacity between New York, Dublin, and London. To achieve the desired ultra-high capacity rates, Emerald Express has been designed to support 100×100 Gbps on each of its four trans-Atlantic fibre pairs.

The Emerald Express cable system final splice is estimated to be completed by the end of 2014.  Upon completion it will be the most advanced next generation undersea telecommunications system constructed to date.  It is a software-managed, intelligent network that will provide low-latency, utilize sophisticated coherent digital technology, and increased bandwidth.  Emerald Express will be comprised of four fibre pairs, designed to carry 100 wavelengths of light on each fibre pair, with each wavelength operating at an initial speed of 100 Gbps, equivalent to 10 Tbps per fibre pair, resulting in 40 Tbps cross-sectional capacity.

Dr. William C. Marra, CEO, Emerald Networks, stated, “Having TE SubCom successfully complete this survey represents an important milestone for our construction.  This information is needed so that SubCom can start manufacturing our cable over the winter months.  This puts us one step closer to on-time delivery of our pre-sales contracts and our goal to offer the industry leading 100 x 100 Gbps undersea trans-Atlantic network. We are pleased to be working with TE SubCom and look forward to a long-term relationship with the world leader in fiber connectivity.”

“It is an honor for TE SubCom to be chosen by Emerald Networks, who has asked for the most technically advanced solution our firm can offer,” said Michael Rieger, vice president, Global Sales, TE SubCom. “The industry-shifting commitment to new trans-Atlantic bandwidth is on the fast track and SubCom is looking forward to working with the Emerald Networks team, where we have worked before, to deliver this unique IT infrastructure project.”

About TE SubCom

TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry-recognized performance, SubCom delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. The business designs, manufactures and installs systems around the world, and has deployed more than 490,000 km of subsea communication cable—enough to circle the Earth more than 12 times at the Equator. SubCom's global presence, backed by industry-leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide. For more information visitwww.SubCom.com.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 billion world leader in connectivity. The Company designs and manufactures products at the heart of electronic connections for the world's leading industries including automotive, energy and industrial, broadband communications, consumer devices, healthcare, and aerospace and defense. TE Connectivity's long-standing commitment to innovation and engineering excellence helps its customers solve the need for more energy efficiency, always-on communications and ever-increasing productivity. With nearly 90,000 employees in over 50 countries, TE Connectivity makes connections the world relies on to work flawlessly every day. To connect with the Company, visit: www.TE.com.

About Emerald Networks

Emerald Networks, is a new-build network submarine cable system that will connect North America to Europe and Iceland with extraordinary new capacity and will be a low-latency network across the Atlantic. Emerald Networks is an open network architecture platform that is agnostic and enables upgrades with various new technologies. It will be the first coherent designed system initially running 100 G wavelengths with a unique route that links Shirley, New York to the West Coast of Ireland with a branch connection to Grindavik, Iceland and a future branch connection to Southern Europe. The system is scheduled to be ready for service by 4Q 2014.

For more information visit www.EmeraldNetworks.com.