On Monday May 23rd SubCom’s cable installation vessel the CS Durable, landed the IRIS Subsea Telecoms Cable System successfully at Thorlakshofn beach in Iceland. The event signifies the commencement of the marine installation of the IRIS cable system that Farice has been developing since 2019. During the summer SubCom’s CS Durable will lay the cable south from Iceland to Galway in Ireland with final splice and completion of Marine work planned for mid-August.

Marine survey of the entire route was successfully undertaken in 2020 and 2021 allowing final design and preparation work of the system to be done at end of summer 2021. The cable system was manufactured by SubCom during the winter 2021-2022.

The installation of the cable will progress at approximately 20 km per day with simultaneous lay and bury from Iceland to Ireland. The target burial depth of the cable is 1.5 m beneath the seabed in water depth of up to 1,500 m. Work on the terrestrial section of underground duct and a termination station in Galway in Ireland and Thorlakshofn in Iceland has taken place and the sites are ready to connect the submarine cable system.

The IRIS system will be ready for service in the beginning of 2023 and will be the third submarine fibre optic cable system connecting Iceland with Europe. The system will provide further redundancy in telecommunication connection between Iceland and Europe, with low latency connections around 10.5 ms, between Reykjavík and Dublin. The IRIS system will be integrated into Farice’s network in Iceland and Europe to enhance the network and provide comprehensive, diverse, and secure connectivity between Farice’s network POPs in Iceland and Europe.

For more information on Farice log onto https://www.farice.is/.

 About Farice

Farice is the owner and operator of two submarine fiber systems connecting Iceland to Europe, FARICE-1 and DANICE. Farice provides international wholesale connectivity services to telecom operators in Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland, and data centre customers in Iceland. The company provides diversified services to its customers including high capacity DWDM wavelengths, IP transit and Ethernet services. Farice is fully owned by the Icelandic Government and plays an important role in Iceland’s infrastructure for the greater public good and economic life in Iceland. Visit: www.farice.is

 About SubCom

SubCom is the leading global partner for today’s undersea data transport requirements. SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, maintains, and operates the industry’s most reliable fiber optic cable networks. Its flexible solutions include repeaterless to ultra-long-haul, offshore oil and gas, scientific applications, and marine services. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery and meet the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed over 200 networks – enough undersea cable to circle Earth more than 17 times at the equator. Visit: www.subcom.com