Construction on the fastest ever transatlantic internet cable, which is to land at Killala, is to start this summer.
The 5,200 kilometre cable between New York and Mayo is expected to make the county and the wider western region a prime location for major technology firm investment because it will provide the necessary infrastructure for big data centres.
AquaComms, an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, confirmed today that it has secured $300 million in finance for the America Europe Connect (AEConnect ) cable system.
When constructed, the cable will be the fastest transatlantic optical fibre connection in existence.
AquaComms said the manufacture and laying of the fibre optic cable will be completed by December 2015 and the first transmission of live data on the line is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
Read more in Friday's Mayo Advertiser (April 24 ).