1. Taking the Dublin-London Tube

    August 20, 2012 by Sarah

    “If the Internet is a global phenomenon, it’s because there are tubes underneath the ocean. They are the fundamental medium of the global village.” Andrew Bloom

    In January of this year Sea Fibre Networks constructed a 136km long tube connecting Ireland to the United Kingdom. Utilising selected third party providers, SFN delivers an end-to-end telecoms infrastructure from Dublin to London and Manchester while remaining carrier-neutral and the linchpin of the solution. We partner with a number of selected Service Providers and deliver diverse connections from Dublin to London or Manchester, managed with industry leading single Service Level Agreements. To enable this model we constructed our own critical terrestrial link facilitating connectivity to multiple fibre providers on a competitive basis.

    Eight out of ten global ICT firms have established their European HQs in Ireland and 10 ‘born on the internet’ companies have Irish bases that continue to expand their operations by building large-scale datacentres to host and support their businesses. CeltixConnect is a key part of the infrastructure used by service providers and enterprises to deliver their data on a seamless and scalable Dublin to United Kingdom route.

    Sea Fibre Networks delivers the innovation and flexibility businesses need to stay ahead in the market place. We provide network solutions tailored to specific needs with the most efficient service. Are you on the fastest, shortest tube on the Dublin – London or Manchester Route? Find out by contacting us today and one of our expert engineers will review your network and its needs +35316624399.


  2. 10 Reasons To Invest In Your Backbone Network

    July 26, 2012 by Sarah

    1. Demand is exceeding supply: Telecom Ramblings says the fibre wasteland is long gone – the same can be said for the fibre wastewater! The sub-sea business case is being driven by low latency and greater route diversity.  Video, cloud computing and mobile data are consuming more and more capacity diminishing the supply of modern sub-sea fibre.

    2. Age of existing cables: most sub-sea cables are designed to operate for up to 25 years, however their economic life can be as low as four years and rarely longer than 10-15 years. Until 2012 there had been no new sub-sea cable installations in over a decade between the UK and Ireland. CeltixConnect was completed in January 2012.

    3. Equipment: some cables struggle to support the latest innovations in technology adding unnecessary complexity and costs to your network.

    4. Increasing capacity: if a cable has excessive traffic, the impact of an outage is critical. Netflix takes up to 30% of the Americas Internet’s bandwidth at peak hours, and new competitors like Amazon, Hulu, Youku, and the BBC iPlayer are growing rapidly.

    5. Growth in Ireland: Dublin is becoming a key node in the European market a trend which is being driven by the mounting adoption of cloud computing, online business applications, video and mobile data, all hosted in Ireland’s massive datacentres.

    6. Business models have changed: private cable providers like SFN, offer an economic package to large users. Service providers, existing cable owners and large enterprises can mirror the economics of a consortium model but avoid associated disadvantages.

    7. Build certainty in your business plan: guarantee future supply and cost of capacity.

    8. Diversity: with the consolidation of the telecom industry in recent years, it is sometimes difficult to find a backbone network infrastructure with true path diversity. Originally, there were two distinct sub-sea cable corridors in the Irish Sea between Ireland and the UK: North and South. CeltixConnect is the only cable on the central corridor of the Dublin-Anglesey Route and offers a diverse, scalable and secure dark fibre product.

    9. Control: integrate fibre on CeltixConnect into your backbone for full control over your network and have the ability to rollout next generation applications.

    10. Modern cable technologies: state-of-the-art systems like CeltixConnect reinforce and replace existing, aged networks in the Irish Sea as Internet capacity doubles every year.

    Call Sea Fibre Networks today to discuss your network needs +353 1 6624 399

  3. Not just Olympic Demand…

    July 11, 2012 by Sarah

    Last week saw the end of a three-week festival of football – Euro 2012. It also saw the end of a three-week hike in Internet traffic. With an estimated 11 million visitors expected for London 2012, network operators and broadcasters are preparing themselves for another surge in Internet traffic on their networks.

    The UK’s largest telecoms providers (BT, Three, o2, Vodafone) are collaborating to provide extra network capacity. This will require a MASSIVE investment. This short-term investment for extra network capacity really says something about where our vision was ten years ago when constructing our vital network infrastructures. Who would have imagined that an event such as the Olympics could drive the demand that is estimated this year?

    The BBC expects the demand of the broadcasters online streaming service iPlayer to soar to 1Tbps! People will also be sharing photos and videos across all social media channels. YouTube users were uploading 10 hours of video to the site per minute in 2008, today that’s increased to 72 hours of new video content per minute.

    It’s not just the demand for these events that will test our metro and sub-sea fibre networks that are soon becoming scarce. On-going demand for international bandwidth continues to increase – growing 45% in 2011. Gartner estimates the global DCS market generated $150B globally as of 2011 and is projected to grow to $200B in 2012. Public cloud services are to grow from $91 billion worldwide in 2011 to $109b in 2012. By 2016, enterprise public cloud services spending will reach $200b.

    CeltixConnect is the first sub-sea fibre network to be built in OVER A DECADE in the Irish Sea. Events like London 2012 and the Euros prove that state-of-the-art, scalable networks are crucial for maintaining a reliable network that will not cause a reduction in end user service performance. Next generation service providers and enterprises have a big decision to make in the next year or two:

    Should we invest in our network infrastructure to offer next generation services and applications or lag behind in the market place, watching our competitors surpass us?

    Telegeography projects that $5.5 billion worth of new sub-sea cables will enter service during 2012 and 2013. Be the first to move to fibre or upgrade your existing network with one of CeltixConnect’s 72 fibre pairs! We are prepared for future demand… are you?

  4. Trust, privacy and security

    April 16, 2012 by Sarah

    The Internet is a miracle of communications, technology and data. However, underneath all the wonder and freedom comes the hard reality of what it actually is – cable stretching from our devices all the way around the world and back to our devices. Trust, privacy and security are paramount if you are participating in the digital economy.

    Gartner predicts that at least one of the G20 nation’s critical infrastructures will be disrupted and damaged by online sabotage by 2015.

    One of the most important defences we can utilise in establishing robust trust and privacy is training of staff to recognise the need for constant vigilance in these matters and implement appropriate safeguards.

    Under the ocean’s floor it’s much harder to protect our vital Internet infrastructure from natural enemies like Trojan “Sea Horses”! Maintaining a reliable, secure network means monitoring for any event that could cause a reduction in end-user service performance.

    Sea Fibre Networks have built a bridge under the oceans floor that transports data to and from Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe. It’s called CeltixConnect.

    We protect this vital European link through proactive network management from our Network Operations Centre. Our Cable Landing Station in East Point Business Park, Dublin is monitored 24x7x365 to ensure the uninterrupted transmission of your data.

    While you implement bespoke solutions that integrate with your existing network or third party infrastructure, trust us to keep your investment safe. Protecting your data on Europe’s newest dark fibre sub-sea network is simple. Call us today for an expert assessment of you telecommunications backbone network.

    +35316624399 or e-mail