By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom
October 6, 2017

Wave Broadband has completed the build-out of its 97-mile Nestucca Route backhaul network, deepening its presence in a desirable section of Oregon’s data center and submarine cable segments.

By completing this build, Wave will link the undersea cable landing station in Pacific City, Oregon, to the company’s data center ring in Hillsboro, Oregon, which currently connects six nearby data centers. Businesses connected to the fiber ring or the landing station can now leverage Wave’s 7,500 miles of fiber network to transmit data along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Matt Updenkelder, director of commercial business development at Wave Broadband, told FierceTelecom there’s an opportunity to provide an alternative route for service providers and others needing access to the West Coast.

“We now have two redundant backhaul routes from Pacific City to Hillsboro and those tie into our Hillsboro data center ring,” Updenkelder said. “We have a mock-up of the Ashburn, Virginia, model where we have a high-capacity ribbon cable around six of the key data centers in Hillsboro and we’re providing dark fiber cross connects between the data centers for a reduced dark fiber fee.”

As part of Wave Broadband, the CoastCom team continues to operate and market the submarine cable-related side of the business as another product offering. Updenkelder said that customer interest in the route is growing from a host of other submarine cable providers, content providers and carriers overall.

“On the submarine cable side, it’s 100% the cable itself,” Updenkelder said. “There’s been a paradigm shift maybe over the past 5-7 years where the traditional cables were owned, run and managed by the telcos. Now with the amount of the traffic on the internet in eyeball space and cloud space, you’re seeing the cloud providers are spearheading these cables.”

Being on the West Coast, Wave is in a prime position to serve a host of domestic and Asia-Pacific providers that need access to major data centers and other points in the United States. This network enables other carriers and related customers to get Wave’s fiber network to directly link with Asia through the Pacific City landing station.

Markets in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan connect on the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable, while Hawaii, American Samoa, New Zealand, and Australia will be added when the Hawaiki Cable is scheduled to land at the station in October. The service provider currently serves as the terrestrial backhaul provider for the NCP coming in from Asia and the Hawaiiki Cable.

“New Cross Pacific (NCP) did their own landing station and Hawaiki is in our landing station for Tillamook Lightwave,” Updenkelder said.

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