Wave announces completion of its Oregon Coast underground fiber route

Pair of redundant fiber routes now connect undersea cable landing station to Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, OR – September 29, 2017 – Wave Broadband, a leading provider of fiber connectivity, internet access, and phone service on the West Coast, announced the completion of its 97-mile Nestucca Route backhaul construction. The underground fiber route links the undersea cable landing station in Pacific City, OR to the company’s Data Center Ring in Hillsboro, OR, 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.

This network expansion also enables entities on 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.

Several organizations are already taking advantage of the new Nestucca fiber route, including the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (http://oceanobservatories.org/). The Ocean Observatories organization relies on Wave’s fiber infrastructure to immediately transmit high volumes of data and real-time command and control capabilities over cabled instruments associated with scientific ocean monitoring, including areas such as earthquake detection and underwater volcanism, to researchers and educators across the globe. Closer to home, several Oregon Coast government, finance, and hospitality-based businesses are initial customers, as well.

“The completion of the Nestucca Route is not only a major milestone for our company, but it, along with the 101-mile Salmon Route (see map below), represents a truly unique solution for the submarine cables that land in Oregon,” said Greg Palser, Wave VP of Business Development. “These two fiber routes make up the only low-latency submarine cable backhaul constructed on the West Coast in the last 10 years.”  The Nestucca and Salmon routes will also provide businesses with crucial redundancy in case of route disruption or repair.”

The fact that many submarine cables crossing the Pacific Ocean carry information that is pushed to Hillsboro has helped the city grow into a transpacific hub for data centers and companies with business in Asia. “With our Hillsboro Data Center Fiber Ring,” Palser explained, “we provide an efficient, low-cost method for these cables to cross-connect to each other and to high-capacity wavelength services in major U.S. markets.”

These new routes are part of Wave’s continuing infrastructure expansion along the West Coast. “Our construction crews battled rocky terrain and pounding rains for 24 months to complete the two ultra-low loss fiber routes,” said Patrick Knorr, Wave EVP of Business Solutions.  “We’re proud to have invested nearly $10 million to add these 200 miles to our existing infrastructure that provides submarine cable traffic connectivity to the West Coast, and beyond.”

About Wave Broadband

Wave is a leading provider of fiber and broadband services on the West Coast. Wave delivers a range of solutions for businesses, including custom fiber networks, high-capacity Internet access, data transport, phone services, and dark fiber to meet the specific bandwidth needs of our customers. Wave is in the process of merging with 2 other companies to become the 6th largest internet and broadband services provider in the U.S. For more information, visit http://wavebusiness.com.

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