Hibernia Networks

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Hibernia Networks
CVC Acquisition Co. (Republic of Ireland)
(Columbia Ventures Corporation)
Landing points
Design capacity 10.16 Tbit/s[1]
Technology Fiber Optic DWDM

Hibernia Networks is a privately held, US-owned, provider of global capacity telecommunication services. It operates global network routes on self-healing rings in North America, Europe and Asia including submarine communications cable systems in the North Atlantic Ocean which connect Canada, the United States, Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe. Hibernia manages cable landing stations in Dublin, Republic of Ireland; Coleraine, Northern Ireland; Southport, England; Halifax, Canada; Lynn, USA. Hibernia Networks is a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC) and owned by both CVC and Constellation Ventures Partners. Hibernia's network provides service, from 2.5 Gbit/s to 100 Gbit/s[2] wavelengths and Ethernet from 10 Mbit/s to 100 Gbit/s. It also provides traditional SONET/SDH services.

Its transatlantic cable system was originally built by Tyco Submarine Systems for 360networks in 2000 for $962M and placed in receivership in 2001, purchased in 2003 and began carrying traffic in 2005. It is now owned and operated by Hibernia Networks. The Hibernia network includes 24,000 km of fiber assets and design capacity of 10.16 Tbit/s.[1]

Hibernia Networks acquired MediaXstream in 2009.[3] The company also acquired the Media Connect assets from TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) located in Europe and the US in August 2012 and combined with the other media assets rebranded as Hibernia Networks. This makes Hibernia Networks one of the largest 100% QOS fiber based DTM Video Transport Network in the world.[4] The company operates in European and North American markets and transports content across its optical switching and dynamic transport mode network.

Hibernia Networks provides financial customers and the trading community low-latency routes to financial exchanges and data centers. On September 30, 2010, Hibernia announced at the Toronto Stock Exchange Opening Bell, and as well in The Wall Street Journal, its plans for a new transatlantic cable, Project Express, to be built from the NY metro area to Slough west of London, with less than 60 ms of delay. This cable system will be the highest bit rate (8.8 terabits/second), lowest latency (59 ms) cable built across the Atlantic for traders.[5]

In 2011, Hibernia announced its expansion into the Pacific Rim with network connectivity into Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.[6]

In 2013 Atrato IP Networks[7] was acquired.

January 9th, 2017 Hibernia was acquired by GTT Communications Inc. [8]


The network is manned by dual network operations centers (NOCs) located in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Churu India and Pune India. There is a television/media operation center (TOC) in Baltimore, Maryland carrying media and broadcast traffic on both full-time and occasional use.

Network Map

The network has cable landing stations in:

  1. Herring Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada 44°33′41.2″N 63°33′40.1″W / 44.561444°N 63.561139°W / 44.561444; -63.561139
  2. Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA 42°27′33.8″N 70°57′38.2″W / 42.459389°N 70.960611°W / 42.459389; -70.960611
  3. Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Sutton (from Herring Cove)/Baldoyle (to Ainsdale Sands)53°24′40.1″N 6°12′58.4″W / 53.411139°N 6.216222°W / 53.411139; -6.216222
  4. Southport (Ainsdale Sands), Merseyside, England 53°37′38.5″N 2°59′4.7″W / 53.627361°N 2.984639°W / 53.627361; -2.984639

An additional landing point was established in Coleraine, County Londonderry (under Project Kelvin), Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.[9]

Current Network Locations include:

  1. New York City (multiple sites), US
  2. Albany, NY, US
  3. Weehawken, NJ, US
  4. Newark, NJ, US
  5. Secaucus, NJ, US
  6. White Plains, NY, US
  7. Stamford, CT, US
  8. Pittsburgh, PA, US
  9. Cleveland, OH, US
  10. Philadelphia, PA, US
  11. Buffalo, NY, US
  12. Boston, MA, US
  13. Ashburn, VA, US
  14. McLean, VA, US
  15. Richmond, VA, US
  16. Raleigh, NC, US
  17. Charlotte, NC, US
  18. Atlanta, GA, US
  19. Chicago, IL, US
  20. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  21. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  22. Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  23. Manchester, UK
  24. London, UK
  25. Reading, UK
  26. Slough, UK
  27. Southport CLS, UK
  28. Frankfurt, Germany
  29. Düsseldorf, Germany
  30. Mannheim, Germany
  31. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  32. Paris, France
  33. Strasbourg, France
  34. Brussels, Belgium
  35. Armagh, UK
  36. Ballymena, UK
  37. Belfast, UK
  38. Castleblayney, Republic of Ireland
  39. Coleraine CLS, UK
  40. Derry, UK
  41. Dublin, Ireland
  42. Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland
  43. Monaghan, Republic of Ireland
  44. Omagh, UK
  45. Portadown, UK
  46. Strabane, UK


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