Q&A: Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO, Hibernia Networks

After much anticipation, Hibernia Networks finally launched its Hibernia Express transatlantic cable in September 2015.

Bjarni Thorvardarson340pxCapacity catches up with Hibernia Networks’ CEO Bjarni Thorvardarson to find out about its progress and how it plans to meet growing customer demand in the market.   The Hibernia Express is now ready for service. What have been your priorities since its launch? As you can imagine, there is much work to do after you’ve launched a submarine cable. This has been five years in the making, from the preparation to the design through to the landing of the cable. Since the launch of the cable, we have been testing it for capacity and latency. We want to maximise the cable’s capacity as well as optimise its latency and diversity. That means making sure the route of the Hibernia Express is completely diverse from existing ones. What have latency test results produced since its launch? When we initially designed the system, we were absolutely positive that we could achieve 60ms. When we completed the desktop study, we set another target of 59.5ms. Then we took it down to 59.1ms and everyone celebrated. By working very hard with our vendors, we announced our latest test at 58.95ms. That is a phenomenal decrease and improvement over existing latency. There is no such thing as limited capacity. We can grow the capacity of this cable immensely. We know that we can more than double or quadruple the cable’s capacity over the next few years. In terms of latency, our customers want to know that we are the fastest and will stay the fastest. We can incrementally provide better latency by using the latest technology, including the use of radio frequency. To read this article in its entirety, please click here: Read more