NJFX 2018: A Year of Milestones in Connectivity

Ryan Imkemeier Explains the Importance of Equipment Maintenance, Vendor Relationships, Electrical Distribution & Managing the Team

October 22, 2018

NJFX, the only CLS colocation campus in the U.S offering Tier 3, carrier-neutral data center capabilities with direct access to three subsea cable systems, marks a year of unprecedented growth, highlighted by the announcement that the latest transatlantic subsea cable system, HAVFRUE, will land at its Tier 3 CLS campus. HAVFRUE is just the most recent project involving NJFX that increases subsea capacity, North American and indeed, global connectivity.

“NJFX does something that no other facility can: provide a viable alternative for carriers and large organizations to design resilient network architectures and further ensure global networks stay operational,” commented Gil Santaliz, CEO for NJFX.

In addition to the HAVFRUE cable system consortium partners choosing NJFX as its landing point, a new cable directly connecting NJFX in Wall Township, NJ to Shirley, NY, owned and operated by Crosslake Fibre, was the first subsea cable announced between these two points to entirely bypass congested legacy routes in lower Manhattan. “With a total of three subsea cables, soon to be five, coming into its colocation campus, NJFX is rivalling any location in terms of having a vast amount of subsea cable capacity in one place, and a vibrant and growing ecosystem of submarine cables,” adds Santaliz.

Other milestone developments include large carriers choosing NJFX as an interconnection point to fortify and expand their communications networks. Earlier this year, Sparkle invested in half of the Seabras-1 subsea cable, terminating at NJFX and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and and in doing so developed a closed ring creating diverse routes and secure, high capacity networks to meet exponential bandwidth demand. The routes bypass two huge, single points of failure: New York and Miami. “Sparkle solved a problem that has plagued the industry for more than 10 years. The company now offers a complete, diverse wet route all the way down to Miami. Now someone in Ashburn, VA can reach the Caribbean without going through Manhattan. The company has also found a way to get to the Caribbean and South America and bypass Miami and New York – completely avoiding two traditional pain points,” stated Santaliz.

Similarly, Zayo can now offer low-latency connectivity from the U.S. to key financial centers in Europe, South America and Asia. Zayo has established a point of presence in the NJFX’s Tier 3 data center, providing direct access to the subsea cable systems and local fiber providers that terminate in the data center. “Our vision is to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for customers who want to trade globally, alleviating the need to work with different vendors in each region they are operating,” said Brandon Gouin, general manager of Spread Networks by Zayo. “The expanded global capability extends and strengthens our unique value proposition in the financial marketplace.”

Next, NJFX partnered with Windstream Wholesale to expand its core network into NJFX’s international landing station. The Windstream/NJFX deal will expand Windstream’s capacity to major data center markets. Windstream especially called attention to the impact the move will have on capacity in Ashburn, VA and the Newark, N.J./New York City metro area.

“This buildout with its connections to Wall Township, N.J., will provide enterprises, international carriers and content providers fast access from our coast-to-coast network to major subsea cable systems,” said Joe Scattareggia, executive vice president of Wholesale at Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale. “Our network expansion strategy also includes easy access to other international networks through our links in Texas and South Florida and to Asia Pacific cable systems on the West Coast.”

NJFX’s purpose built 64,000 square foot Tier 3 facility went live in September of 2016, with racing legend Mario Andretti on hand as the company started revving its engines. Less than one year later, it’s clear NJFX is speeding toward innovation. In 2017, the company announced a 48-acre campus expansion. The flexible site plan includes a new, 80,000 square foot data center and premium disaster recovery space that will sit adjacent to NJFX’s current Tier 3 facility – just 60 miles from New York City – with access to a plethora of global communication providers. The space will also be able to accommodate future independent cable landing stations and/or independent data centers.

NJFX is proud to provide diversity, security, low-latency and a vast carrier ecosystem. “Route diversity is paramount to telecom providers. Our rich carrier ecosystem without recurring fees for cross connects goes a long way to further ensure these providers aren’t single threaded and exposed,” said Santaliz. “We have demonstrated tremendous value to our customers with the ability to interconnect to major international subsea networks complimented by terrestrial networks in the U.S.”

See the full NJFX Milestone Timeline wheel starting from 2015 by clicking here!


About NJFX:

NJFX is a Tier 3 Carrier Neutral Cable Landing Station campus. Our colocation ecosystem has expanded to over 35 network operators offering flexibility, reliability, and security. Our Wall, NJ location provides direct access to multiple subsea cable systems giving our carriers diverse connectivity solutions and offers direct interconnection without recurring cross-connect fees.

More In the News

Why operators and enterprises will need an AI data center strategy

Enterprises are prioritizing low-latency networks to ensure that their AI applications function at optimal efficiency and accuracy. This focus on reducing latency is about more than speed; it’s about creating a seamless, responsive experience for end-users and maintaining a competitive edge in an increasingly AI-driven market.

Read More »

The New Wave of SMART Cables

The Science Monitoring And Reliable Telecommunications (SMART) Subsea Cables initiative seeks to revolutionize deep ocean observing by equipping transoceanic telecommunications cables with sensors to provide novel and persistent insights into the state of the ocean, at a modest incremental cost.

Read More »

Let's have a chat

Learn how we helped 100 top brands gain success.