By Submarine Cable News Feed

Global has announced it has expanded capacity on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC®) undersea fiber-optic cable system to meet rapidly growing demand for Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet transport among its customers, and to enhance connectivity between North America, Latin America and Europe.

“We continue to make strategic investments in network infrastructure in support of strong growth around the world,” said John Legere, Global Crossing's CEO. “And just as we did with our South America Crossing system in March, we are increasing capacity on MAC to handle our carrier and service provider customers' requirement to handle the huge demand for IP connectivity and broadband services, including emerging services such as IPTV and mobile broadband.”

Global Crossing has added 340 Gbps of transport capacity on the MAC submarine cable system with the addition of new terminal equipment. The MAC system provides 10 Gbps services with a current design capacity of 1.3 Terabits. The new capacity will enable 10 Gbps IP ports and also Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) at rates up to 10 Gbps (STM-64).

The system includes approximately 4,600 route miles (7,500 kilometers) of fiber-optic cable and landing stations in Brookhaven, N.Y., Hollywood, Fla., and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. MAC connects Global Crossing's Pan-American Crossing (PAC®), South American Crossing (SAC®) and Atlantic Crossing 1 (AC-1®) submarine cable systems to provide full connectivity between North America, Latin America and Europe.