DC Blox has launched a new cable landing station (CLS) and data center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The company this week announced the launch of the new facility, which offers a design capacity at full build-out of 125,000 sq ft (11,610 sqm) and 19MW, and the ability to host up to five subsea cables.
DC Blox broke ground on the CLS in October 2022. Horry County’s Myrtle Beach currently doesn't have any cable landing stations.
"As we embarked on this journey, we saw the opportunity to redefine what a cable landing station could be by creating a pivotal hub where companies could colocate and connect, and to fundamentally change the digital landscape of the Southeast,” said Jeff Uphues, CEO of DC Blox.
“The grand opening of our new facility opens up opportunities for global and regional communications providers, hyperscalers, and enterprises to more easily participate in the global economy and to leverage this infrastructure to create an AI-driven future.”
Three of the five available cable slots at the facility have already been reserved.
Google has two subsea cables that will land at the CLS; the Firmina cable connecting the US to Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay, and the Nuvem cable connecting to Portugal and Bermuda.
Meta, via its Edge Holdings subsidiary, plans to land its Anjana cable connecting to Spain at the new CLS.
“South Carolina is a growing innovation hub, bringing in new economic opportunities through digital infrastructure and other technology investments,” said Lee Livingston, director of partnerships at Google.
“We look forward to the continued partnership with our neighbors in Myrtle Beach, and are committed to making sure the Firmina and Nuvem subsea cables deliver lasting benefits to the state.”
Boh DuPree, director of network investments – Americas at Meta, added: "South Carolina is a crucial part of the U.S. and global economy, so Meta is proud to join DC Blox in partnering with the state of South Carolina to bring this crucial connectivity project to Myrtle Beach.
"This cable landing station serves as an important investment that Meta believes will benefit millions of people, communities, and businesses in South Carolina and beyond.”
Another cable has previously announced plans to land in Myrtle Beach. Confluence 1, from Confluence Networks, is set to span the US eastern seaboard and run from Sunny Isles, Florida, to Wall Township, New Jersey. It is due to go live in 2023.
DC Blox is also building a dark fiber route from the Myrtle Beach CLS to Atlanta.
The company operates facilities at four other locations across Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is planning another facility in High Point, North Carolina.
The company recently announced plans for a new 45MW data center campus in South Carolina's Berkeley County.