Apollo (cable system)

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Apollo Submarine Cable System Ltd
Landing points
Total length 13,000 km
Topology Two Fully Diverse Paths
Design capacity over 3.2 Tbit/s per Leg
Currently lit capacity unknown
Technology Fibre Optic DWDM
Date of first use early 2003 (2003)

Apollo is an optical submarine communications cable system crossing the Atlantic Ocean, owned by Apollo Submarine Cable System Ltd (a joint venture between Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Alcatel).[2] It consists of 2 segments North and South, creating two fully diverse transatlantic paths.

In early 2006, Level 3 Communications announced its purchase of 300 Gbit/s of capacity between Apollo North and Apollo South with an option to purchase up 300 Gbit/s of future capacity. This acquisition gives Level 3 a transatlantic path that does not pass through either London or New York City, which is desirable to carriers due to network diversity concerns. This purchase represents the single largest transaction of sub-sea capacity in history without laying new cable.


  1. ^ Apollo Submarine Cable System (2008-10-03). "Submarine Cable Awareness Chart: Apollo North & Apollo South Submarine Cable System" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Submarine Telecoms Forum, Inc. (July 2012). "Submarine Cable Industry Report Issue 1" (PDF). p. 36. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 

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