Whitley Manufacturing Builds Two Modular Cable Landing Stations
The submarine fiber cable industry has made a resurgence. Whitley Manufacturing was called upon by American Manufactured Systems and Services (AMSS) to build two highly sophisticated telecommunication shelters. The modular cable landing stations will be installed on the Newfoundland coastline; one at Cape Broyle and one at Logy Bay. AMSS managed the permits, design and installation while working directly with Whitley Manufacturing to build and test the system in Leola, Pennsylvania.
The submarine cable industry has had significant growth in 2016 with over 100,000 kilometers of cable laid. According to SubTel Forum (STF Analytics), this year’s surge will out produce the last five years combined (SubTel Forum Inudstry Report, Issue Five). Those numbers are expected to continue throughout 2017 & 2018. And, with the majority of intercontinental Internet traffic traveling by submarine cables, people and organizations depend on them for instant connectivity worldwide.
Much of the growth is directly related to the explosion of cloud services and mobile devices. Increasing demand for the cloud data storage, rich content and real-time access, the current system will need updates. And, that demand is expected to double every two years. To increase access and expand data traffic cable landing stations are increasingly popping up around the globe.
Some of the key challenges for these stations are the shoreline’s harsh, caustic environment. The inside temperature has to be maintained and well regulated. In the case of Newfoundland, getting materials and equipment to the site was limited due to the rugged terrain and remote location. Building and performance testing as much off-site as possible was critical.
To address these issues, Whitley Manufacturing provided the following:
- A costal corrosion package, including stainless steel doors and hardware
- Clean agent fire suppression system installed to protect critcal assets
- A complete back-up generator system installed and performance tested at the Leola Pennsylvania factory
- Wall mounted redundant HVAC system to insure the proper environment
- 4” reinforced concrete floor
- Noncombustible construction
- Fiber Cement or Exposed Aggregate siding for strength & durability
- FRP wall & ceiling panels
Once the modules arrived on site, AMSS was able to have everything in place and functioning within seven days.