Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station

Connecting Globally: DC BLOX Redefines Hyperscale Cable Landing Stations

In partnership with global hyperscale partners, DC BLOX is redefining the hyperscale Cable Landing Station (CLS) with its new facility in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, set to open in the second quarter of 2023. The Myrtle Beach CLS will be located in the International Technology & Aerospace Park (ITAP).

DC BLOX Cable Landing Station

Industry Situation

The Global Internet is a complex network across all continents of the world that is underpinned by an expansive system of subsea fiber optic cables. The accelerating scale of digital communications and the need for richer user experiences in accessing content is driving demand for higher levels of broadband capacity, including a new generation of international subsea cables.

While the early subsea cables of the Internet era were deployed by telecommunications carriers, hyperscale cloud providers are driving demand for the next generation. These providers are reshaping the subsea cable market with larger cables, higher bandwidth speeds, and landing locations that optimize delivery to their hyperscale data centers around the globe.

These changes are also driving the creation of new, innovative Cable Landing Stations (CLS). The hyperscale-friendly CLS must support much higher levels of equipment, conform to modern data center standards of reliability and security, and provide strategic site selection that matches the hyperscale network footprint.

In partnership with global hyperscale partners, DC BLOX is redefining the hyperscale Cable Landing Station with its new facility in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which is set to open in the second quarter of 2023. The CLS will be located in the International Technology & Aerospace Park (ITAP).

DC BLOX Approach

The DC BLOX Myrtle Beach CLS is strategically located on the South Carolina coast between other cable landing locations in Florida and Virginia Beach, where it offers direct access to the rapidly expanding hyperscale data center footprint in the Southeast. The location provides geographic
diversity among existing cable landings on the Eastern seaboard and facilitates regional connectivity to the rapidly growing Atlanta area and to Ashburn, VA.

Myrtle Beach location for Cable Landing station.
Courtesy: TeleGeography 2021 Submarine Cable Map

The state-of-the-art, reliable, repeatable design of this facility will support up to 5 subsea cables. The facility will support flexible power generation configurations including multi megawatt AC power and managed rectifiers for DC power feed equipment.

Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station Key Features

  • 170mph sustained hurricane wind-rated pre-cast construction and protected equipment yards
  • Power capacity up to 15MW
  • 2N power generation, UPS, and switch gear
  • Indirect adiabatic and evaporative cooling for efficiency and sustainability, N+1 redundancy
  • Colocation space for cable-operators, communications providers, and partners
  • Myrtle Beach is well-positioned to become a node on core fiber paths from Northern Virginia
    to Atlanta providing geographic diversity and resiliency from current fiber routes
  • Uptime Institute Tier III concurrently maintainable design and SOC 2 Type II compliant

While Myrtle Beach is an attractive location for many cable providers, DC BLOX will also build cable landing stations to suit specific client requirements.

Dark Fiber to Atlanta

Landing a subsea cable in Myrtle Beach facilitates access to Atlanta and the growing data center and connectivity ecosystem of the Southeast region. For this purpose, DC BLOX is constructing a high-capacity, wholesale dark fiber route for lease from the Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station to Lithia Springs, Georgia connecting through Charleston, Augusta, and downtown Atlanta’s major connectivity centers. The route offers significant capacity to meet customer needs as well as a duct bank for future strategy.

Myrtle Beach Cable Landing Station dark fiber route

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Tier III Colocation Data Centers Across the Southeast

DC BLOX’s data centers are located in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC, and soon in High Point, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can develop a colocation program to meet your needs.