In April of this year, Southside Network Authority officials broke ground on a new 119-mile fiber ring that will connect Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Suffolk, Virginia.
This new telecommunications ring connects the area to the transatlantic subsea fiber optic cables that come ashore in Virginia Beach from Europe and Africa. Danella is proud to have won the contract to bring this high-speed access to the Hampton Roads region.
Detailing the surge in speed, Andria McClellan, Southside Network Authority Vice-Chair and Norfolk City Council member states, “You can take every movie ever made and send that in high definition across the Atlantic Ocean in 42 seconds. Let that sink in.”1
Authority officials are hoping the increased speeds will make the Hampton Roads area a digital gateway. Companies dealing in digital assets rely on high-speed internet as an advantage over competitors. Providing access to the fastest speeds on the East Coast encourages tech and digital companies looking to set up or relocate to choose Hampton Roads as their destination.
In addition to providing high-speed access to companies and residents, the new fiber ring benefits the military and Navy. Authority officials state they have already begun conversations with both, expanding their current network of information.
Danella’s crews will begin work in July 2022 and are working tirelessly to complete the project in an effort to bring new business, jobs and revenue to Hampton Roads.
Ken Knight, Operations Manager, was part of the team leading the bid for this contract:
“This is an exciting project to build. The Danella team is proud to be a part of a project with this kind of meaning and municipal involvement.”