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1 How is the submarine fiber optic cable industry doing in 2016?

The submarine fiber optic cable industry has had more than its share of ups and downs in its roughly 30-year history, so it is always interesting to take a moment to consider where it stands today.  We look at two metrics when judging the health of the industry: new contract award announcements and new project announcements.  The first indicates how much business there is for the suppliers, the second is a measure of the industry’s optimism for being able to develop and finance new cable systems in the future. 

So where do we stand?  Cable contract announcements for the first half of 2016 are down by about 50% from the same period last year, while new project announcements are up by the same amount.

What does this mean?  While new awards are down, the previous two years were very strong and the current downturn is probably nothing more than the industry “catching its breath.”  More significantly, the huge increase in projects coming into development shows a high level of enthusiasm.  Not all will go to contract, but there should be enough entering the pipeline to keep the industry growing at a significant rate.

The second half of 2016 could tell us much more about the state of the industry.  If contract award totals rebound or even just remain at the current level, things should continue to look bright.  If they slump further or if a number of already-contracted-for projects run into difficulty, there could be factors coming into play that would be a cause for concern down the road. 

Subscribe to the Submarine Cable World NewsFeed to follow the industry on a daily basis and see how the year develops.

22 Jul 2016 John Manock
2 Angola Cables commends Ocean Specialists’ role in subsea cable project development

Following their recent announcement of a partnership that will install over 17,000km of new subsea cable directly connecting Angola, Brazil and the United States, Angola Cables has affirmed and praised Ocean Specialists, Incorporated (OSI) for the highly strategic role the subsea cable advisory and project management firm has played in the design and development of Angola Cables’ global network build out. 

Angola Cables, with the strategic and operational support of OSI, has initiated two innovative new subsea cable networks.  The first, known as the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) links Angola with Brazil, is already under construction and marks the first South Atlantic modern D-WDM fiber optic cable network in history.  The second, the recently announced Monet cable network, will further connect Santos and Fortaleza in Brazil and Boca Raton, Florida, providing onward connectivity to Angola via SACS.  The Brazil-US network is currently under construction in partnership with Algar Telecom (Brazil), Antel (Uruguay) and Google.

Subsea telecommunications cable networks are critical to global voice and data communications, and carry over 98% of the worlds’ telecommunications traffic.  High-speed fiber optic networks are essential to both businesses and consumers, and allow real-time access to apps, social media, websites and other bandwidth intensive services.  As the most efficient way to transmit information between continents and cities, fiber optic cables provide added benefits of security and reliability that are indispensable to both telecom service providers and their enterprise customers.

“The design and implementation of a subsea cable network is a highly specialized undertaking, and OSI, as our partner in network development from the very beginning of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) discussions, has been instrumental to our success.  From providing an initial economic viability analysis and network development strategy to evaluating investment options and network design, and then on to running a competitive tender process and rigorous evaluation process for our network contractor, OSI has been absolutely critical in supporting Angola Cables as we execute our regional and global strategy,” stated Antonio Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables.

“With their existing ownership in the West Africa Cable System (WACS), Angola Cables’ network build out across the Atlantic and on to the United States is an important piece in its Tier 1 global connectivity strategy,” stated Tom Soja, Vice President, OSI and Strategic Advisor to Angola Cables.  “The SACS and Monet networks, combined with the existing WACS network, place Angola in an excellent position to function as the ‘hub’ of Africa’s regional communications needs.”

Angola Cables has extended OSI’s five-year relationship and responsibilities to the project implementation phase which will carry the company’s involvement through to the final acceptance and initial O&M of the new subsea network. OSI – the industry’s leading submarine cable project management and delivery firm – has actively led and directed these two major supply contracts on behalf of Angola Cables, from project feasibility and funding to network build and installation, contracting two leading suppliers in the undersea cable industry for final project completion.

OSI’s team combines unequalled subsea cable development experience throughout the planning, design, procurement and installation phases of a subsea network development.  OSI minimizes project and network risk and maximizes return on investment to ensure project success. 

OSI provides Subsea Cable Network:

  • Planning including business case analysis, financial structure analysis, life-cycle planning and partner identification;
  • Design to fully consider and mitigate all risks, maximize system reliability and develop feasible budgetary targets;
  • Procurement using our teams’ vast experience working both for and with major industry suppliers; Installation & Commissioning from factory acceptance and quality assurance to ship reps and transmission experts;
  • Operations & Maintenance during initial commercial traffic and circuit turn-up and wet plant repair planning & contracting.
21 Apr 2016 John Manock
3 Schedule of upcoming conferences of interest to the submarine cable industry

As we noted earlier, there are a number of major conferences specifically for, or related to, the submarine cable industry in the upcoming months.  Here is a brief rundown:

SubOptic

3/16-21, Dubai

THE conference for the submarine cable industry, held once every three years

OFC

3/20-24, Anaheim, California

The annual Optical Fiber Communications Conference, a technology conference that often includes recent developments in submarine cable transmission technology

ITW

5/8-11

International Telecoms Week is the world’s largest meeting for the global wholesale telecommunications community

02 Mar 2016 John Manock
4 Aqua Comms to Present in Submarine Cable Workshop at PTC'16

Aqua Comms Limited (AquaComms), a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions, announces today that its Chief Operations Officer, Greg Varisco, will participate in a workshop at PTC’16 taking place 17–20 January 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort. Mr. Varisco will present at the conference’s “Submarine Cable Workshop: Waves of Change!” on Sunday, 17 January, at 11 am at Coral 2.

Organized by the David Ross Group, an international consultancy that specializes in undersea telecommunications networks, the Submarine Cable Workshop will examine how submarine cables comprise the critical infrastructure for the modern world of communications, carrying over 98% of intercontinental data traffic. Alongside executives from TE SubCom, Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Microsoft and TeleGeography, Mr. Varisco will explore how subsea cables, including Aqua Comms’ America Europe Connect (AEConnect), one of the first transatlantic cables constructed between New York City and London in nearly 15 years, provide a web of comprehensive connectivity, reliability and redundancy.

Subtitled “The Changing Global Cable Map, What’s Next?” the Submarine Cable Workshop will also address the huge volumes of demand from Over-the-Top (OTT) content providers and the effects these demands will have on building the network of the future.

14 Jan 2016 John Manock
5 SEA-ME-WE 5 lands in Malaysia

As reported in Friday's Submarine Cable World NewsFeed, NEC has successfully landed the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable in Melaka, Malaysia.  NEC is responsible for the deployment of SEA-ME-WE 5 from Singapore to Sri Lanka.  Below are some photos of the landing.

 

NEC SMW5 image

NEC SMW5 image 2

11 Jan 2016 John Manock
6 SEACOM celebrates sixth "Foundation Day"

It is always nice to highlight the philanthropic side of the submarine cable industry.  East African submarine fiber optic cable operator SEACOM celebrated the sixth anniversary of its commercial launch by spending time with – and providing support to – local communities in the African countries where it has a direct presence.  Check out the details of SEACOM's work by using the following link: http://seacom.mu/seacom-celebrates-sixth-foundation-day-helping-communities-across-africa/

26 Aug 2015 John Manock
7 The latest in a trend: Apple to build own network

Here is a development that submarine fiber optic cable owners should take note of.  According to Bloomberg Business, Apple is planning to build its own high-speed fiber optic network (see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-08/apple-said-to-build-high-speed-network-for-fast-content-delivery). 

Right now, according to the report, Apple is only looking to connect its US data centers, but this could be the first step to acquiring large quantities of international submarine cable capacity, as other content providers have. 

Last month, Microsoft announced plans to buy capacity on three new transoceanic submarine cable projects, joining a consortium in one case and becoming a foundation customer in the other two.  Google and Facebook have joined a number of cable consortia in recent years.  Hetzner, a leading German content provider and data center operator, also jumped into the cable ownership business by joining a Baltic cable project earlier this year. 

We will only see more evidence of this trend in coming years as content providers are driven by exploding demand to acquire greater and greater amounts of capacity.  As this happens the providers will want to exert more control over that capacity by getting in on the ground floor of new cable systems.

09 Jun 2015 John Manock
8 Global submarine network expands into non-traditional routes

There have been a number of announcements of new submarine fiber optic cable projects this year.  Many serve the high-volume routes we are familiar with (transatlantic, transpacific, etc.), but we are seeing cables connecting developing markets more and more frequently through far less traditional routes.

The most recent of these is a cable system known as MCT, which will link Cambodia to Malaysia and Thailand.  This new cable, funded by Telekom Malaysia and two non-traditional players – Cambodia’s Telcotech and Thailand’s Symphony—will be capable of supplying huge amounts of  bandwidth to bandwidth-hungry Cambodia, which does not yet have an international submarine cable connection.. 

So far in 2015, several other new cable systems have been announced or contracted for in what we could consider non-traditional routes.  These include:

  • Hawaii-Panama-Chile
  • Algeria-Spain
  • Australia-Djibouti
  • Ireland-France

This is just another example of the global submarine fiber optic cable network continuing to stretch across the globe, while submarine cable operators look to increase the reliability and redundancy of the network, as well as reach new and emerging markets.

05 Jun 2015 John Manock
9 Pension funds are investing in submarine cables

In our Radar Screen Report, we discussed how the increased availability of funding has impacted the growth in demand for new submarine fiber optic cable systems.  This funding is coming from a variety of non-traditional sources, including pension funds.

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on how pension funds are investing in infrastructure in Africa, with a particular focus on their involvement in submarine cable projects.  You can read the entire article online at http://www.wsj.com/articles/african-pensions-funds-invest-in-infrastructure-projects-1430985433

07 May 2015 John Manock
10 Emerald Express transatlantic cable now AEConnect

A major development in the submarine fiber optic market occurred recently with the coming into force of a supply contract for a new transatlantic cable.  The story of this project follows.

Back in 2011, Emerald Networks was formed to build a transatlantic cable connecting the United States, Iceland and Ireland.  The company contracted with TE SubCom to supply the project and made a number of announcements that seemed to indicate that it was making progress in building what would have been the first new transatlantic cable since the early years of this century, including a capacity purchase agreement with CenturyLink, the third largest telecom carrier in the US.

Ultimately, however, Emerald was not able to raise the necessary funding for the project, but the project re-emerged last week with a new name.

In a recent FCC filing, the landing license for Emerald Express was transferred to a new entity, America Europe Connect Licenses Limited (AECL), and the name of the cable system was officially changed to AEConnect. The supply contract previously award to SubCom also came into force for the newly-renamed system.  The cable now will link the US and Ireland.

AECL is controlled by Aqua Ventures International, a UAE-based investment holdings firm with a portfolio of investments in telecommunications, media and technology.  Last year, Aqua Ventures made a significant investment in Sea Fibre Networks, which owns and operates CeltixConnect, a subsea cable linking Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Aqua Ventures also was the leading investor in Emerald Networks.

AEConnect now joins the Hibernia Express cable as transatlantic cables under development.  Hibernia’s cable, also supplied by SubCom, has begun the installation process and will enter service later this year.  AEConnect is scheduled to enter service by the end of the year..

27 Apr 2015 John Manock
11 Seaborn proves it's possible to finance a new cable

As we noted in the latest edition of TSC’s Radar Screen Report on Submarine Fiber Optic Cables, an important reason for the surge in new contract awards in 2014 was the greater availability of financing.  The first months of 2015 have witnessed an example of that, as a privately developed project, Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1 cable system, announced that it was fully financed. 

Although many new submarine cable systems have been built since the industry came out of the crash of the early 2000s, few have been funded as pure “carriers’ carrier.”  These require a large amount of private financing and it was the failure of many of these projects during the crash that brought about the exodus of large financial institutions from the industry.

Most of the cable systems built since the recovery from the crash have been funding by large international telecom carriers or Internet giants, either by putting up their own money as part of a consortium or by being able to convince financial institutions of the potential of new cables by pointing to their existing business and demonstrated cash flow.

For a carriers’ carrier, basically a start-up that sells capacity to other carriers rather than to end users, it is harder to gain financing.  These projects need strong anchor tenants to allay investor’s fears.

Seaborn Networks found those anchor tenants.  Late last year, the company announced that Microsoft and Tata Communications had made major commitments to buy capacity on Seabras-1.  It was not long after those announcements that financing was finalized.

Seaborn Networks’ example shows that the carriers’ carrier concept is not impossible.  It requires a great deal of effort and all of the common-sense requirements that all successful cable systems must have (solid planning, strong management team, etc.), but it can be done.

18 Mar 2015 John Manock
12 Submarine Fiber Optic Cables Linking More and More Remote Locations

The submarine fiber optic cable network has long connected the world’s major business and financial hubs.  The high cost of building such cables meant that, for most of the industry’s history, they could only connect high-volume markets to be able to justify the investment.

For nearly the past decade, or since the market rebounded following the collapse in 2002, we all know this has changed.  Beginning in 2007, Sub-Saharan Africa, a region that only a couple of years earlier many experts had said would not be connected for decades, began to see its first international submarine fiber optic cable connections.  

Since then, the global fiber optic network has expanded beyond what anyone thought possible only a decade ago.  Sub-Saharan Africa now has multiple cable systems on both coasts, some small-market countries have redundant cable systems and more remote islands in the south and central Pacific are being connected each year.

The trend is not just seen in international cables.  In the early days of the industry, the only domestic cables that made financial sense were festoon networks along heavily populated coastlines – Italy and Malaysia being the primary examples.  Now, coastal networks are popping up all over the world and are extending out to more and more remote communities.  Just look at some of the announcements made this year.

Greenland is a case in point.  A decade ago, nobody would have predicted that the country of less than 60,000 people would have an international submarine cable connection by now, but in fact it has had one for five years.  Now the Arctic country is looking to extend the cable to communities long its coastline.  If the domestic extension is built, Greenland could have one cable landing for each 10,000 of its population – surely the highest ratio of cable stations to people in the world.

Meanwhile, another announcement came from Alaska, where a cable has been proposed to connect two communities with a combined permanent population of about 2,000 people (although that quintuples when cruise ships arrive).

At the other climate extreme, another recent proposal has a cable connecting remote communities along the Amazon River.  This cable would run nearly 8,000 kilometers.  It is not known yet how many people this would serve, as part of the Amazon are so remote nobody is really sure how many people live along its banks.

Connecting remote populations is a trend that will continue.  Governments and NGOs around the world are committed bringing reliable broadband Internet access to isolated populations as a basic human service, not to mention the benefits of applications such as e-learning, e-medicine, e-government and the economic development opportunities that broadband brings.

01 Mar 2015 John Manock
13 TOT's submarine cable plans delayed while waiting for new government

The Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) finds its plans to participate in three submarine cable projects in jeopardy as it waits for a new government.  TOT needs the governments approval to make payments to three consortia in order to participate in the projects.  For more information, see http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Cabinets-caretaker-role-stalls-TOT-opportunities-30232693.html

02 May 2014 John Manock
14 Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Market in the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands Market

Who would have thought only a few years ago that remote Pacific islands with small populations would be getting submarine cables? In fact, the market for submarine fiber optic cables in the South Pacific is booming – or at least as close to booming as it can get.

In addition to the recently completed Tonga cable, cable projects are in various stages of development for cable links to Vanuutu, the Solomons, Palua and Micronesia.

In addition, there are numerous new cables being built in Indonesia and the Philippines, connecting the larger of the countless islands in those archipelagos.

The “island” market is being driven by the need to deliver high-speed bandwidth to isolated communities to provide economic opportunities and improved education, health care and government services. Failure to connect these islands mean leaving them behind while the rest of the world takes advantage of the resources made available by the Internet.

18 Sep 2013 John Manock
15 Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Market in the Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands Market

Who would have thought only a few years ago that remote Pacific islands with small populations would be getting submarine cables? In fact, the market for submarine fiber optic cables in the South Pacific is booming – or at least as close to booming as it can get.

In addition to the recently completed Tonga cable, cable projects are in various stages of development for cable links to Vanuutu, the Solomons, Palua and Micronesia.

In addition, there are numerous new cables being built in Indonesia and the Philippines, connecting the larger of the countless islands in those archipelagos.

The “island” market is being driven by the need to deliver high-speed bandwidth to isolated communities to provide economic opportunities and improved education, health care and government services. Failure to connect these islands mean leaving them behind while the rest of the world takes advantage of the resources made available by the Internet.

18 Sep 2013 John Manock
16 Update on Poseidon

There is an excellent article on the Ocean News & Technology website updating the Poseidon submarine fiber optic cable project in Cyprus.  Go to http://www.ocean-news.com/92-poseidon-system-moves-ahead.  

16 Aug 2013 John Manock
17 Update on South African cable project

Here is an update update on the TechTeleData (TTD) domestic South African submarine fiber optic cable project.  The proposed cable would link the international cable landing stations at Cape Town and Mtunzini, thus providing a submarine link between the cables landing on the east and west coasts of Africa, such as Seacom, EASSy, SAT-3 and WACS.  

 

TTD reported in February 2013 that it had received a funding commitment from the International Development Corporation for the project, which was to begin in July.  According to the report, funding has been delayed.  See the report from a South African website at http://businesstech.co.za/news/broadband/43754/r1-3-billion-sa-subsea-cable-on-hold/

12 Aug 2013 John Manock
18 GBI and Tinet Partner to Extend Connectivity

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and Tinet, a global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale markets, have announced that the companies have entered into a partnership agreement that will extend Tinet’s international connectivity into the ME region and allow GBI to offer more services throughout Europe. The partners will also benefit from one another’s extended network and service offerings.

16 Nov 2010 John Manock
19 SEAS Contract Awarded to Alcatel-Lucent

New Submarine Cable Systems

SEAS Contract Awarded to Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has signed a contract worth more than US$30 million with Seychelles Cable System (SCS) to build the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) linking Victoria in Seychelles, to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

15 Nov 2010 John Manock
20 UNIFI Picks Alcatel-Lucent for Balkans-Italy Network

UNIFI Communications, a leading US-based international carrier, and Alcatel-Lucent, a leading provider of end-to-end undersea cable systems today announced the signature of the Balkans-Italy Network (BIN) Phase 1 Supply Contract.  Alcatel-Lucent will provide turn-key implementation of Albania’s first private undersea fiber optic cable system, which will connect Tirana, Albania to Bari, Italy. The network is expected to begin providing service by the end of 2011.

28 Oct 2010 John Manock
21 South African Carrier to Build Cables to Nigeria, Brazil

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been selected by eFive Telecoms, a South African telecommunications company, to build a new submarine cable network linking the west coast of Africa to South America. The system will be composed of two trunks -- the first one connecting South Africa to Angola and Nigeria, and the second trunk linking Angola to Brazil. This end-to-end project will further increase connectivity in Africa, deliver additional capacity for wholesale and will also enhance service and traffic protection by providing critical cable route diversity to South America.

02 Sep 2010 John Manock
22 Developing Countries Embracing Submarine Cables

Since the beginning of the submarine fiber optic cable era in the late 1980s, developing countries with limited finances and small populations could not justify the investment in submarine cables.  That has changed in recent years as the growth of the Internet makes reliable, high-speed access vital for economic development and the general well being of the population.  Three recent examples demonstrate how developing small market countries are now embracing submarine cables.

19 Aug 2010 John Manock
23 Bharti Airtel to Build Seychelles Cable

We reported last week that Indian telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel’s acquisition of Telecom Seychelles Limited, the leading telecom operator of Seychelles (see Submarine Cable World NewsFeed for August 13, 2010), might finally push the build of a long-discussed submarine fiber optic cable to the island nation.

18 Aug 2010 John Manock
24 DR Regulator Comments on East-West Cable

Jose Rafael Vargas, the president of the Dominican Republic’s telecommunications regulator, Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel), has announced that the installation of a planned submarine fiber optic cable system will triple the country’s bandwidth and help reduce interconnection costs and, therefore, telephone and Internet rates in the Dominican Republic.

15 Aug 2010 John Manock
25 Bharti Airtel to Acquire Telecom Seychelles

In a separate but related announcement, Bharti Airtel said that its Board of Directors has approved the acquisition of 100 % of Telecom Seychelles Limited, the leading telecom operator of Seychelles, for an enterprise value of US$62 million.

12 Aug 2010 John Manock
26 Indian Carrier to Expand Submarine Cable Services

An Indian carrier that is rapidly becoming a global operator plans to expand its submarine cable offerings globally to target business opportunities in over 100 countries by 2013.

12 Aug 2010 John Manock
27 African Cable’s Designed Capacity Upgraded

We have noted in past issues that with Internet demand booming, international carriers are racing to keep up.  Capacity sale announcements are being made on a regular basis and existing submarine cables are being upgraded to add badly needed capacity.

10 Aug 2010 John Manock
28 Bharti and Other Carriers Celebrate EASSy Launch

India's Bharti Airtel and 15 other global telecom companies, including British Telecom, Etisalat, Saudi Telecom, MTN International Group and Telkom South Africa, have together launched the 10,000 kilometer East African Submarine System (EASSy) to connect East Africa with the rest of the world via the submarine fiber optic cable.

08 Aug 2010 John Manock
29 Neotel Hosts EASSy Management Committee

Neotel, South Africa’s first converged communications network operator, is hosting the Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) Management Committee in Johannesburg. This meeting represents an important milestone for EASSy, which was recently completed, and will be brought into commercial service during August 2010.

05 Aug 2010 John Manock
30 Carriers Sign Up for Main One Capacity

Three West African telecom carriers have taken capacity on the new Main One West African submarine fiber optic cable system, launched last month.

04 Aug 2010 John Manock
31 German Investment Group Touts Main One Investment

With last month’s launching of the Main One West African submarine fiber optic cable system, Germany’s Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) issued a statement on the project and DEG’s participation.

03 Aug 2010 John Manock
32 EASSy Cable Live and Prices Are Falling

The East African Submarine System (EASSy) went live recently, bringing with it a large amount of new Internet capacity, as well as lower prices, according to its owner.

02 Aug 2010 John Manock
33 Pacnet Joins Pacific Fibre to Build Trans-Pacific Subsea Cable

Pacnet and Pacific Fibre Limited have announced plans to jointly build the Pacific Fibre cable, a city-to-city, low-latency subsea fiber optic cable that will boost connectivity between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

28 Jul 2010 John Manock
34 Saudi Carrier May Build Cable System

The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency recently announced that a South Korean consortium has won a one-billion dollar deal from Saudi Arabia’s Integrated Telecom Company (ITC) to lay fiber optic cables in Saudi Arabia.  The project is to set up a national network in Saudi Arabia and also to connect the country with Sudan, Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates by undersea cable by December 2013, the agency said.

27 Jul 2010 John Manock
35 New South Pacific Project Envisioned

Efforts continue to link the small islands of the South Pacific to the global submarine fiber optic network to promote economic development and provide vital broadband services in the region.

26 Jul 2010 John Manock
36 African Submarine Cable Project Proposed

Although there has been an explosion of submarine fiber optic cable investment in Africa, resulting in five major new cable systems entering service in the past year, new projects continue to be proposed.

25 Jul 2010 John Manock
37 Another African Cable System Completed

Africa has seen a period of unparalleled deployment of its international submarine cable infrastructure in the past year.  Since August 2009, five large scale submarine fiber optic cable projects have been completed.  Considering that the development of these projects began just as the submarine cable industry was beginning to emerge from its worst ever drought period (2002-2004), African cable building went a long way to bring the industry out of the drought and into a boom period.

21 Jul 2010 John Manock
38 WIOCC Announces Activation of EASSy

Seven months after commencing cable installation and following a comprehensive program of testing, West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has announced the opening of a 1.4 Terabit per second, 10,000 km fiber-optic submarine cable system along the east coast of Africa – from South Africa to Sudan, and with onward connection to global markets.

19 Jul 2010 John Manock
39 More African Cables Entering Service this Month

There has been an explosion in submarine fiber optic cable systems serving Africa in the past year, beginning with SEACOM in August 2009 and shortly followed by TEAMS – the first such cables to serve Sub-Saharan East Africa.  The cable boom is continuing, with Main One entering service at the beginning of this month and two new cables that may come online this week.

14 Jul 2010 John Manock
40 NEPAD Celebrates Uhurunet Announcement

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) has released a statement celebrating the announcement that Uhurunet, NEPAD’s plan for a new submarine cable system to serve Africa, would move ahead.

13 Jul 2010 John Manock
41 S-GSCS to Be Launched this Week

The Suriname-Guyana Submarine Cable System (S-GSCS) will be formally launched this week at the July 11-15 meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Organizations, which is being held in Curacao.

12 Jul 2010 John Manock
42 Another African Cable Gets Ready for RFS

Within the past year, an explosion in submarine fiber optic cables serving Sub-Saharan Africa has occurred.  Three new cable systems have entered service, serving the subcontinent that previously was dependent on satellites and a single cable.  Now another new system is poised to come online.

11 Jul 2010 John Manock
43 Liberian Executive Appointed to ACE Management Committee

The Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks, has been appointed as Vice Chairperson of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Consortium Management Committee.

07 Jul 2010 John Manock
44 Main One, TE Subcom Celebrate Cable Launch

Main One has announced that its 1,920 Gbps, 7,000 kilometer long, submarine fiber optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe has been completed and commissioned. With landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast, the cable will deliver unprecedented broadband capacity to West Africa, more than ten times what is currently available in the region. With its cable system now in operation, Main One is poised to champion a broadband communications revolution in Africa, the company said in a statement. This will positively impact businesses, governments and individuals by providing higher bandwidth and exceptional speeds at a lower cost. The ramifications of Main One’s cable will be felt in all sectors: from education, through to health and entertainment, helping to driving economic growth and creating job opportunities all over Africa.

06 Jul 2010 John Manock
45 New Cable Projects in Indian Ocean, Pacific Reported

Two possible new submarine fiber optic cable projects have been reported, although few details are available as yet, as new players and countries previously thought to be too remote to justify cable builds look to take advantage of opportunities in the market.

05 Jul 2010 John Manock
46 Main One Cable Enters Service

Main One has announced that it’s 1,92 Gbps, 7,000 kilometer long, submarine fiber optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe has been completed and commissioned. With landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, the cable will deliver unprecedented broadband capacity to West Africa, more than ten times what is currently available.

01 Jul 2010 John Manock
47 Investors Join Pacific Fibre Project

A group of seasoned investors have thrown their weight behind trans-pacific data cable company Pacific Fibre.  They join a strong founding team including Sam Morgan, Sir Stephen Tindall and Rod Drury.

29 Jun 2010 John Manock
48 More on BMG Cable

As we reported last week, Israeli industrialist Oded (Dedi) Borovich has announced plans to build a submarine cable between Israel and Cyprus.  More details on the project are now being reported.

22 Jun 2010 John Manock
49 Globacom Wins Telecom License in Senegal

Nigerian carrier Globacom has been awarded a license to operate in Senegal.  The latest license was issued by the Government of Senegal and signed by the country's Ministers of Finance and Telecommunications.

20 Jun 2010 John Manock
50 Bangladesh Still Moving Towards Second Cable

The government of Bangladesh is continuing to move along with the process for licensing a second submarine fiber optic cable system.

17 Jun 2010 John Manock
51 EASSy on Track for July Launch

The first two testing phases for the East African Submarine System (EASSy) have been completed in advance of its expected commercial launch next month.

15 Jun 2010 John Manock
52 Main One RFS Set for July 1

Main One will enter service at the beginning, according to an official at the company that is building a submarine fiber optic cable connecting West Africa with Europe.

13 Jun 2010 John Manock
53 Israeli Company Plans Submarine Cable

An Israeli has announced plans to build an international submarine fiber optic cable to break the monopoly on international cable capacity in Israel currently held by MedNautilus.

10 Jun 2010 John Manock
54 Alcatel-Lucent Comments on ACE Award

Following up on yesterday’s announcement that a construction and maintenance agreement has been signed for a new West African submarine fiber optic cable system, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has signed a turnkey contract valued at over US$500 million with Africa Coast to Europe (ACE), the newly formed consortium planning to build the cable linking Cape Town in South Africa to Penmarch in France. This new submarine network system, with built-in 40 Gbps capability, will span over 17,000 km and will deliver super fast broadband communications to and from the African continent and Europe.

09 Jun 2010 John Manock
55 ACE Consortium Signs Landmark Agreement

The Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine fiber optic cable project was signed on Saturday June 5th, 2010. An official ceremony was held at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, with the presence of government Ministers and high-ranking official representatives of several African countries, NPCA (formerly NEPAD), ECOWAS and the World Bank.

08 Jun 2010 John Manock
56 Globacom Puts Out Call for Talent

Ahead of the launch of commercial services of its Glo 1 Submarine Cable, Nigeria’s Globacom Limited has invited applications from bright, ambitious and suitably qualified candidates to fill an array of vacancies, including those of Chief Technical Officer, Planning and Provisioning Engineers, Sales and Legal Officers.

06 Jun 2010 John Manock
57 Marine Survey for ALBA-1 Underway

According to the Cuban News Agency, the marine survey for the ALBA-1 submarine fiber optic cable between Cuba and Venezuela has begun.

06 Jun 2010 John Manock
58 Fujitsu and NSW Complete Indonesian Submarine Network

Fujitsu Limited has announced that, in collaboration with Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW) of Germany, it has successfully completed a US$100 million submarine fiber optic cable network for PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk. (Telkom Indonesia) covering the Indonesian islands Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java, Bali and Lombok and giving the residents of these islands their first direct access to high-bandwidth Internet, e-commerce, video, data, and voice services.

31 May 2010 John Manock
59 Huawei Marine, Global Marine Systems Complete SGSCS

Huawei Marine Networks, along with partner Global Marine Systems, has successfully completed construction of the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable System. The 1,127-kilometer SGSCS system will be the first of its kind in this region and is expected to ultimately have the potential to increase current telecom bandwidth more than 3,000 times what is currently available in these areas.

31 May 2010 John Manock
60 GBI and Pacnet Announce Network Extension Partnership

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and Pacnet, Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, are pleased to announce a partnership which will extend both companies’ international connectivity and provide new and cost-effective solutions for customers.

27 May 2010 John Manock
61 TE to Connect Jordan to Submarine Cable

Telecom Egypt has announced that it will connect Jordan to its TE North (TEN) submarine cable.  The move is part of the company’s plans to expand its service offerings in the country.

26 May 2010 John Manock
62 GBI Partners with Sify for Indian Landing Station

Indian Internet company Sify Technologies Limited has signed an agreement with Gulf Bridge International (GBI) of Qatar to land the GBI’s submarine cable system in Mumbai, India.  GBI is the Middle-East''s first privately-owned submarine cable operator.

25 May 2010 John Manock
63 Unifi Communications Announces Submarine Cable Project

UNIFI Communications, a US-based international carrier, and Interoute Communications, the owner/operator of Europe’s most advanced fiber network, have announced the signing of an agreement whereby Interoute will provide the landing solution in Italy for Albania’s first competitive undersea fiber optic cable, to be constructed as the first phase of UNIFI’s Balkans-Italy Network (BIN) project, which is expected to begin providing service in Albania by the first quarter of 2011.

24 May 2010 John Manock
64 Cable & Wireless to Boost Links Between Caribbean Networks

Cable & Wireless Communications has outlined plan to build a new major submarine cable in the Caribbean, more than doubling its carrier capacity in the region. The "East-West" cable will link Jamaica and the Cayman Islands in the west of the Caribbean, to the British Virgin Islands (Tortola) in the east. It will also land in the Dominican Republic, one of the key markets in the region.

24 May 2010 John Manock
65 Contract Awarded for Somaliland Cable

A new submarine fiber optic cable will be built to connect Somaliland to Djibouti.  A local Somaliland company, Somaliland Cable (SomCable) Ltd, has announced that it would deploy the submarine cable. It said in a statement, that the project will begin in two phases -- it would lay the submarine cable from Djibouti port to Berbera, Somaliland, by sea, while a second fiber optic cable would be routed overland for redundancy.  The new submarine will be connected to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) in Djibouti.

23 May 2010 John Manock
66 AFC-financed Main One Submarine Cable Lands in Ghana

Following up on yesterday’s announcement of the completion of the main lay program for the Main One West African submarine fiber optic cable system, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), the lead investor in the Main One Cable Company marked the final splice of the cable.

20 May 2010 John Manock
67 Marine Installation Completed on Main One Cable System

Main One Cable Company and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (SubCom), have announced the on schedule completion of the main lay program by the C.S. Tyco Resolute. Installation of terminal equipment is complete in Seixal, Portugal, and underway at the system’s landing sites in Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana. The system is expected to be ready for service in June 2010.

19 May 2010 John Manock
68 Testing Underway on WIOCC’s EASSy Cable System

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has clarified the schedule for testing and commissioning of the East African Submarine System (EASSy), the region’s newest submarine fiber optic cable.

18 May 2010 John Manock
69 Construction of TE North Completed

Telecom Egypt has announced that construction of its TE North submarine fiber optic cable system was completed in April and that the cable would be ready for service next month.

17 May 2010 John Manock
70 IFC Supports Seychelles Submarine Cable Project

Seychelles’ efforts to bring in a submarine cable that would allow the island to connect to the global fiber optic network has attracted the support of the world’s largest multilateral source of finance for private sector projects in developing countries.

17 May 2010 John Manock
71 Verizon Business Plans for Activation of Europe India Gateway Cable

Verizon Business is enhancing its European network infrastructure to help meet data-growth demands of its enterprise customers and prepare for the activation of the Europe India Gateway submarine cable network system later this year.

13 May 2010 John Manock
72 Alcatel-Lucent Signs Canary Island Contract

Alcatel-Lucent and CanaLink, a consortium equally owned by IT3 and IslaLink, have announced at the SubOptic tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, that they have signed a multi-million Euro contract to deploy a new submarine cable spanning 2,000 km from Cadiz in Spain to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma in the Canary Islands.

12 May 2010 John Manock
73 GBI, Omantel Sign Landing Station Agreement

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, has announced that Omantel, Oman’s leading telecommunications provider and experienced landing site operator, will provide a landing station for GBI’s cable in Oman.

10 May 2010 John Manock
74 Company Applies to Build Cable from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard

GPCS Fiber Communications, Inc. is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with placing a submarine fiber optic cable from the Cape Cod mainland to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

09 May 2010 John Manock
75 DISA Looks at Hawaiian Cable System

The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is seeking information that will assist the Agency in assessing cost and feasibility of construction and operation of an undersea cable system linking the Hawaiian Islands for U.S. government use.

05 May 2010 John Manock
76 Qtel and GBI Sign Agreement for International Gateway

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and Qtel, one of the region’s leading telecommunications companies, on May 2 concluded an agreement that will see Qtel provide a landing station for GBI’s cable in Qatar.

04 May 2010 John Manock
77 Two New Proposals for Stimulus Funding

Two new submarine fiber optic cable systems have been proposed for Round 2 of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.  The program provides government stimulus money for infrastructure projects that would help deliver broadband services to rural areas of the United States.

03 May 2010 John Manock
78 WIOCC Sees More Sales Inquiries as EASSy Nears RFS

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) reports that it has noted an increase in sales inquiries for capacity on the East African Submarine System (EASSy) as it moves closer to carrying live traffic.

28 Apr 2010 John Manock
79 WIOCC Sees More Sales Inquiries as EASSy Nears RFS

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) reports that it has noted an increase in sales inquiries for capacity on the East African Submarine System (EASSy) as it moves closer to carrying live traffic.

28 Apr 2010 John Manock
80 GBI Signs Deal with Iranian Carrier

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the newly established submarine cable operator in the region, and Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran (TIC) have agreed to land GBI's submarine telecom cable in Iran and have signed the Landing Party Agreement.

27 Apr 2010 John Manock
81 Carriers Join Forces to Create African Ring

African Submarine cable operators Main One and SEACOM, along with South Africa’s eFive Telecoms, have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a project to develop a pan-African fiber ring solution.

26 Apr 2010 John Manock
82 Lebanon to Invite Bid for Terrestrial Network to Link to I-ME-WE

The government of Lebanon is planning to invite international firms to bid for a contract to create a $100 million terrestrial fiber-optic network aimed at unlocking the country's high-speed Internet potential, according to the country’s telecommunications minister.

25 Apr 2010 John Manock
83 EASSy Construction Complete

The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has announced that construction of its East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has been completed; marking the achievement of yet another major milestone towards the launch of what will be the largest cable system serving sub-Saharan African and connecting it to the world.

22 Apr 2010 John Manock
84 Submarine Cables Aid Subscriber Growth in Kenya

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has reported that the four mobile phone operators in Kenya had a combined subscription base of 19.4 million in December 2009, representing a penetration rate of close to 50 percent, as the landing of new submarine cable brings growth to the country.

22 Apr 2010 John Manock
85 Submarine Cables Are Part of UUNET Kenya’s 2010 Strategy

At a recent event for the local media, UUNET Kenya executives outlined their plans for 2010.  The three East African submarine fiber optic cable systems figure prominently in the company’s plans.

21 Apr 2010 John Manock
86 EASSy Moving Towards June RFS

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) landed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recently, bringing the construction phase of the project even closer to completion.

19 Apr 2010 John Manock
87 The Crown Prince Launches AAG in Brunei

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, has launched the new Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable in Brunei.  The inauguration of the Brunei segment signified the readiness to carry commercial traffic to and from the country.

18 Apr 2010 John Manock
88 OPT Gets FCC Waiver for Honotua

The Office des Postes et Telecommunications de Polynesie francaise (OPT), the telecom operator for French Polynesia, has been granted a waiver on certain requirements for its license application for the Honotua submarine cable system.

14 Apr 2010 John Manock
89 EASSy Lands in Tanzania

The final landing for the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy) was completed last week at Msasani Beach in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Testing began this week and it is expected that EASSy will be ready for service by the summer.

12 Apr 2010 John Manock
90 Japanese Bank to Insure Indonesian Cable Financing

Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) has decided to provide Buyer's Credit Insurance (credit period of two years or more) concerning the export of a submarine fiber optic cable system installed for Kalimantan Island in Indonesia. The cable system has been exported to PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom), the largest telecommunication carrier in Indonesia.

10 Apr 2010 John Manock
91 Mauritania Connected to Submarine Cable

The Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI) has reported that Mauritania was connected on April 7 to a submarine fiber optic between Europe and Africa.

10 Apr 2010 John Manock
92 FSM Telecom Upgrades Network to Support New Cable

The landing of a new submarine fiber optic cable in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has led the local carrier, FSM Telecom Corporation (FSMTC), to select Occam Networks®, Inc., for a major high speed network upgrade enabling wireline broadband service.

08 Apr 2010 John Manock
93 Ethiopia to Activate Circuits on SEACOM

Today (April 8), the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) will be increasing its international Internet capacity by 445 percent, as a result of its recently announced deal with East African submarine cable operator SEACOM.

07 Apr 2010 John Manock
94 Installation of EASSy Nearly Completed

Over 9,870 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable for the East African Submarine System (EASSy) have been installed as the cable moves closer to complete.  EASSy has been landed in Mombasa, Kenya, and Moroni, the Comores.  Work has begun this week on the final landing of the system.

06 Apr 2010 John Manock
95 Pacnet’s EAC Pacific Ready for Service

Pacnet has announced that EAC Pacific, its newest subsea cable linking Japan and the United States, is now ready for service following months of intensive testing.

05 Apr 2010 John Manock
96 Indonesian Cable Project Underway

Indonesian carrier PT Telkom has reported that construction of a major domestic submarine fiber optic cable system is underway.

05 Apr 2010 John Manock
97 China-Taiwan Cables Make Regulatory Progress

Developers of one of two planned cables between the China Mainland and Taiwan have applied for Taiwanese regulatory approval to build the cable.

04 Apr 2010 John Manock
98 Tata Updates Status of Cable Projects

In a recent presentation at the APRICOT 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Tata Communications updated the status of its upcoming submarine cable projects.  The following is a brief summary of where the projects stand.

04 Apr 2010 John Manock
99 Unity Cable System Completed

Unity, a consortium of six international companies, together with its suppliers NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications), has announced that the Trans-Pacific Unity submarine cable system has successfully completed comprehensive end-to-end testing and is now ready for service.

01 Apr 2010 John Manock
100 Bangladesh Reports on Plans for Second Submarine Cable

Plans are progressing for Bangladesh’s second submarine international fiber optic cable system.  At a press conference in Dhaka, a government representative reported that the new cable would run from Khulna, Bangladesh to Chennai, India.

31 Mar 2010 John Manock
101 TE SubCom Completes HANTRU1 Extensions for FSMTC, MINTA

The Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) and the Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA), along with TE SubCom, an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, have announced they have completed construction of FSMTC and MINTA Extensions to the HANTRU1 Cable System, which connects Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Guam in the western equatorial Pacific. The extensions will provide the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands with high bandwidth connectivity to the rest of the world via state-of-the-art undersea fiber optic links.  Previously connectivity to these island nations was only available using satellite transmission.

30 Mar 2010 John Manock
102 Construction of HANTRU1 Completed

Hannon Armstrong Capital, LLC, Truestone, LLC and TE SubCom, an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced they have completed construction and commissioning of the HANTRU1 Cable System. The system, which connects Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Guam, will provide regional and international connectivity in the previously underserved Pacific region, via undersea fiber connections.

29 Mar 2010 John Manock
103 Globacom Says Glo-1 Will Bring Big Changes to Ghana

Globacom Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., said in a recent event in Accra, Ghana, that the network his company is building in Ghana would be the best in Africa, led by its Glo-1 submarine cable.

29 Mar 2010 John Manock
104 New Zealand Companies Support Submarine Cable Initiative

Telecom operators in New Zealand are publicly coming out in support of Pacific Fibre’s recently announcement that it would begin raising money to build a submarine cable system connecting Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

28 Mar 2010 John Manock
105 EASSy More than Half Complete

As of March 14th, over 6,500 kilometers (nearly two-thirds) of the EASSy cable had been successfully deployed into the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC).

24 Mar 2010 John Manock
106 Omantel Looks to Make Oman a Regional Hub

Oman is rapidly becoming a regional hub for submarine cables landing in the Persian Gulf.  Omantel, the country’s leading carrier, said in a recent statement that the recognition Oman has received from regional and global telecom players, allied to its ideal geographical location, has ensured that the Sultanate has been identified as an important landing point for major international cable systems.

23 Mar 2010 John Manock
107 TE North to Enter Service in Two Months

Telecom Egypt has announced that its submarine cable TE North will begin operations in the next two months.

22 Mar 2010 John Manock
108 Unity Cable Nears Completion

According to news website V3.co.uk, the Unity transpacific cable is nearing completion.  The cable will reportedly increase lit cable capacity by around 20 percent.

21 Mar 2010 John Manock
109 ETC Awards Capacity Agreement to SEACOM

SEACOM, the privately funded and over three quarter African owned submarine fiber optic cable system, has been awarded an agreement to supply Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) with international broadband fiber connectivity via a backhaul link through Djibouti.

18 Mar 2010 John Manock
110 Telkom Says SJC Is Next Piece of Cable Network

PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (TII), which recently joined the Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) consortium, said that SJC would be the biggest piece of its extensive international and domestic submarine fiber optic cable network.

17 Mar 2010 John Manock
111 Hong Kong Regulator Looks to Encourage New Submarine Cables

Hong Kong’s telecommunications regulator, the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), is has released the preliminary findings of a study on the landing of submarine cables in Hong Kong, including the measures that the Administration should adopt in order to facilitate and promote the landing of new cables in the territory.

16 Mar 2010 John Manock
112 FSMTC Announces New Services in Anticipation of HANTRU1 Launch

With the HANTRU1 submarine fiber cable laid between Pohnpei and Guam and expected to be ready for service shortly, Federated States of Micronesia Telecommunications Company (FSMTC) has undertaken to reform its Internet rates and also introduce brand new Internet services.

15 Mar 2010 John Manock
113 Nawras Named Landing Party for Tata Gulf

Oman carrier Nawras has announced its participation in the Tata Gulf Cable as the exclusive landing party in Oman for one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks in the world. This development means that Nawras customers will be able to benefit from connectivity to more than 200 countries through the latest technology.

14 Mar 2010 John Manock
114 New Zealand Group Announces Pacific Submarine Cable

Pacific Fibre, an early stage international fiber venture founded by a group including New Zealand businessmen Stephen Tindall, Sam Morgan and Rod Drury, announced its plans to build a new submarine cable system, aiming to break the digital divide between New Zealand, Australia and the rest of the world.

11 Mar 2010 John Manock
115 Batelco Signs with GBI

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, has announced that Batelco, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading communications provider, will provide a landing station for the new submarine cable being installed by Gulf Bridge International.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
116 OPT Looks for Ongoing Connectivity for Honotua

The Office des postes et telecommunications (OPT) of French Polynesia is taking tenders for IP access and ongoing connectivity for its new Honotua submarine cable system linking French Polynesia and Hawaii.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
117 Qtel, Tata Collaborate on Gulf Cable Project

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) and TATA Communications have officially confirmed their partnership for the construction of the Tata Global Network (TGN) Gulf Project, where Qtel will enable Qatar’s role as a designated ‘landing party’ in the regional network.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
118 Submarine Cable Project Gets Stimulus Money

We have been reporting in the NewsFeed on applications made under the U.S. Government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the development of broadband in the United States.  Five of these applications involved the building of submarine cable systems.

05 Mar 2010 John Manock
119 Honotua Lands in Hawaii

The 5,000-kilometer Honotua submarine cable system landed in Hawaii on Monday.  Testing of the cable began almost immediately and the expectation is that it will enter service this summer.

04 Mar 2010 John Manock
120 Nigerian Carrier Looks Forward to New Capacity

An executive from Nigerian telecom carrier Phase 3 Telecom said his company is looking forward to access capacity on new West African submarine cable systems.

03 Mar 2010 John Manock
121 New Cables Bring Prices Down in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea only became connected to the global fiber optic network in the past few years, but the country has already seen the benefit in terms of greatly reduced prices for Internet capacity.

02 Mar 2010 John Manock
122 New Schedule, Configuration for Seahorse-1

Triton Telecom’s Seahorse-1 submarine cable project in the Caribbean has a new schedule and configuration, according to Triton’s parent company’s CEO, who detailed their plans to BNamericas.

01 Mar 2010 John Manock
123 STC to Provide Landing Station for GBI

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, has announced that STC will provide the landing station for GBI’s cable in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

01 Mar 2010 John Manock
124 Hawaii to Celebrate Landing of Honotua

Government officials from Hawaii and French Polynesia plan to celebrate the landing of the Honotua submarine fiber optic cable in Kona, Hawaii on March 1.

28 Feb 2010 John Manock
125 Tasmania Targets New Submarine Cable by 2015

The government of Tasmania has made the building a submarine fiber optic cable between the island and the rest of Australia within three to five years a priority of its infrastructure program.

28 Feb 2010 John Manock
126 EASSy to Land in Kenya on April 1

The East African Submarine System (EASSy) is scheduled to land in Mombasa, Kenya, on April 1, after a delay caused by re-routing to avoid piracy off Somalia.  The re-routing reportedly cost the consortium building EASSy US$6 million.

25 Feb 2010 John Manock
127 Togo Telecom to Build Backhaul Network for WACS

Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of optical and IP networking solutions, has been awarded a contract by Togo Telecom to deploy a high capacity optical network across the West African country of Togo.

24 Feb 2010 John Manock
128 Tyco Telecom Picked to Build TGN Gulf Cable System

Tata Communications and its Middle East telecom operator partners announced that Tyco Telecommunications would be constructing the TGN Gulf cable system.  The announcement was made at a gala event in Dubai hosted by Tata Communications and attended by representatives of the partners as well as Tyco Telecommunications. At the event, Tata Communications unveiled its commitment to the Middle East region by earmarking around $200 million for the development of its telecom operations in the region over the next two years.

24 Feb 2010 John Manock
129 Neotel Welcomes EASSy to South Africa

Neotel, South Africa’s second national carrier, reported that it celebrated the start of the final construction phase of the Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy), with a visit to supplier Alcatel-Lucent’s fully laden cable-laying ship docked in Durban harbor.

23 Feb 2010 John Manock
130 Update on Broadband USA Proposals

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, more than 1,800 applications for broadband telecommunications projects were received by the government for funding consideration.  As we noted earlier, five of the applications called for the building of significant submarine cable networks.

18 Feb 2010 John Manock
131 EASSy Lands in Djibouti

As we have been reporting, the Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy) landed in South Africa last weekend.  The South African landing was widely reported and marked the southern end of the cable system, but construction has been progressing in the north as well.

18 Feb 2010 John Manock
132 MTN Notes EASSy’s South Africa Landing

South African mobile phone operator MTN has issued a statement following the landing of the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy) in South Africa last weekend.

17 Feb 2010 John Manock
133 EIG Gibraltar Routing Not Due to Politics

The routing of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable through Gibraltar’s waters has become the subject of controversy in Gibraltar.

16 Feb 2010 John Manock
134 GBI Signs Landing Party Agreement with du

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, announced signing of an agreement with UAE’s integrated telecom service provider, du, as part of which du will be the landing party for GBI’s new submarine cable. du will be landing this cable in its newly built Fujairah Cable Landing Station.

16 Feb 2010 John Manock
135 Honotua Installation Nearing Completion

Installation of the Honotua submarine fiber optic cable linking Hawaii with five South Pacific islands is moving closer to completion.

15 Feb 2010 John Manock
136 Jamaica Extends Deadline for Submarine Cable Licenses

Jamaica’s telecommunications regulator, the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), has extended its deadline for applications for submarine cable licenses for February 26, 2010.  OUR said that the extension followed representation from prospective applicants for licenses that their preparations to submit applications have been affected by the Haiti earthquake.

15 Feb 2010 John Manock
137 Global Marine Announces Trinidad Shore Landing for SGSCS

Global Marine Systems has announced the completion of the Trinidad cable landing, the next milestone in the installation of the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS). The Trinidad link will provide direct access to high volumes of bandwidth from providers in North American and elsewhere, dramatically improving access to the Internet and related communications services. The landing occurred on 9 February 2010 at Macqueripe Bay Trinidad.

14 Feb 2010 John Manock
138 EASSy Lands in South Africa

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) landed at Mtunzini, South Africa, on Saturday, February 13.

14 Feb 2010 John Manock
139 Construction of China-Taiwan Cable to Begin Soon

The first direct submarine cable link between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland will begin construction soon.

11 Feb 2010 John Manock
140 SJC to Support Growing Broadband Demand in Philippines

Philippines carrier Globe Telecom expects broadband demand in that country to explode.  The company predicted recently in a stock exchange filing that the number of broadband subscribers in the Philippines would nearly double in 2010, reaching four to five million.

11 Feb 2010 John Manock
141 Reliance Asking $3 Billion for Submarine Network

It is being widely reported by the Indian media that Reliance Communications is asking for US$3 billion as it attempts to sell its global submarine cable network.  The carrier has made no public comment about the sale, but Reuters and other media outlets claim to have documents and sources that indicate that the bid process is underway.

09 Feb 2010 John Manock
142 I-ME-WE to Help Broadband Grow in Lebanon

Lebanon’s international Internet backbone is expected to grow considerably with the completion of the India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) submarine cable system.

09 Feb 2010 John Manock
143 Seychelles Studying Submarine Cable Link

The Government of Seychelles, though the Department of Information Communications Technology, has begun studying the feasibility of a submarine cable link for the island nation.

08 Feb 2010 John Manock
144 Gulf Bridge, Vodafone Qatar Sign Agreement

Gulf Bridge International (GBI), the Middle East’s newly established, privately owned submarine cable operator, has announced that Vodafone Qatar, Qatar’s rapidly growing new mobile operator, will provide a landing station for GBI’s cable in Qatar.

08 Feb 2010 John Manock
145 More on PT Telkom Joining SJC

As we reported last month, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom), through its subsidiary engaged in international business, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Internasional (TII), signed an agreement during the Pacific Telecommunications Council’s annual meeting in Honolulu last month to join the Southeast Asia Japan Cable System (SJC) consortium.  The company has released additional details about its participation in the project.

07 Feb 2010 John Manock
146 Main One Nears Completion

The Main One Cable Company has announced the commencement of the final laying of its high capacity fiber optic cable from Seixal, Portugal, along the coast of West Africa to Ghana and Nigeria. The cable, which goes live in June 2010, is bringing the much-needed international capacity to a region where explosive growth in tele-density in recent years has been negated by poor global connectivity.

04 Feb 2010 John Manock
147 PIPE Delivers Solid FY10 First Half Results

PIPE Networks Limited has announced a strong profit result for the six-month period ended 31 December 2009 amounting $16.6 million from continuing operations.

03 Feb 2010 John Manock
148 Pacnet Accelerates India Expansion

Pacnet, through its joint venture Pacific Internet India Pvt. Ltd. (Pacnet India), has obtained National Long Distance (NLD) and International Long Distance (ILD) licenses from the Department of Telecommunications of India, providing businesses in India broader access to Pacnet’s suite of advanced telecommunications solutions.

02 Feb 2010 John Manock
149 Global Marine Announces Suriname Shore Landing

Global Marine Systems has announced the completion of the Suriname Totness cable landing, an important milestone in the installation of the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS).

01 Feb 2010 John Manock
150 U.S. Government Details Cuba Policy

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission reported that it has received a letter dated January 12, 2010, from the U.S. Department of State detailing policy guidance on licensing the provision of telecommunications service between the United State and Cuba.  The new policy allows, among other things, U.S. companies to build submarine cable links to Cuba, which has been prohibited for decades.

31 Jan 2010 John Manock
151 Verizon Adds Capacity, Diversity with TPE Japan

Verizon Business enterprise customers can take advantage of increased network capacity and additional diversity for their IP, data and voice communications needs, with the completion of the latest Trans-Pacific Express submarine cable landing -- in Shin Maruyama, Japan.

28 Jan 2010 John Manock
152 Kordia Continues to Develop OptiKor

New Zealand telecommunications and media company Kordia said it is continuing to develop a submarine fiber optic cable linking New Zealand and Australia.  The company has named the cable project “OptiKor.”

27 Jan 2010 John Manock
153 Philippines Carrier Completes Fiber Backbone

Globe Telecom, a leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines, has announced its second fiber optic backbone network (FOBN2) has been put into commission and is now fully operational.

26 Jan 2010 John Manock
154 EASSy Construction Begins

Construction of the East African Submarine System (EASSy) has begun.  The first section has been laid in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, according to West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC).

25 Jan 2010 John Manock
155 Alaskan Company Now Biggest Cable Developer

An Alaskan company has become the world’s largest developer of submarine cable systems thanks to two proposed projects, ArcticLink and Northern Fiber Optic Link (NFOL).  If both are built, the more than 20,000 route-kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable that will be required to build them makes them larger than any other individual or group of related projects currently under development by at least 25%.

24 Jan 2010 John Manock
156 PT Telkom Joins SJC Consortium

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk, through its subsidiary PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (TII), has announced that it will increase international submarine cable bandwidth by joining the Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) consortium.

20 Jan 2010 John Manock
157 SingTel Joins Consortium to Build SJC Cable

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) has announced that it has signed an agreement to join a consortium of telecommunications carriers to build and operate the new Southeast Asia Japan Cable system (SJC), a new international submarine cable system with the highest capacity in the world.

19 Jan 2010 John Manock
158 Millennium Cable to Land in Andamans

A submarine cable system running from India to Southeast Asia will land in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to a local newspaper.

18 Jan 2010 John Manock
159 Arctic Cable System Announced

The Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company (KKCC) has announced plans to finance, design, build and operate a submarine fiber optic cable connecting Asia and Europe.

17 Jan 2010 John Manock
160 PIPE Applies to Transfer PPC-1 License

Australia’s PIPE Networks has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to consent to transfer control of the cable landing license for the PPC 1 Cable System (SCL-LIC-20080213-00001, SCL-MOD-2090910-00027), held by joint licensees PPC 1 Limited and PPC 1 (US), Inc. from PIPE Networks Limited) to TPG Telecom Limited.

14 Jan 2010 John Manock
161 OSI Completes Rapid Submarine Fiber Installation in Gulf of Mexico

Responding to the increasing need for fiber optic broadband communications in the offshore oil & gas industry, Ocean Specialists Inc. (OSI) has completed a turnkey submarine cable installation for a major oil and gas operator in the Gulf of Mexico.

13 Jan 2010 John Manock
162 Singapore-Australia Cable System Announced

Nextgen Networks Pty Ltd, Matrix Networks Pte Ltd and PT NAP Info Lintas Nusa are exploring a proposal to build a new international cable system that will link Singapore to Sydney, Australia, via Perth.

12 Jan 2010 John Manock
163 Bangladesh Releases Draft Regulation on Submarine Cables

The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has released document entitled Revised Draft Regulatory and Licensing Guideline for Invitation of Proposals for Issuing Licenses to Build, Operate and Maintain Submarine Cable (SC) Systems and Services in Bangladesh.

11 Jan 2010 John Manock
164 Gulf Bridge Signs Agreement with Iraq

Gulf Bridge International, the Middle East’s first privately owned submarine cable operator, and Iraqi Telecom & Post Company have signed an agreement to land GBI’s new undersea telecommunications cable in Iraq. The agreement was signed in Kuwait on January 7 in the presence of Iraqi Minister of Communication, Farouq Abed al-Qader.

11 Jan 2010 John Manock
165 Global Marine Systems Lands SGSCS in Guyana

Global Marine Systems has announced the completion of the Guyana cable landing, an important milestone in the installation of the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS).

10 Jan 2010 John Manock
166 S-GSCS Landing Operation in Guyana Begins

Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has announced that the Guyana landing of the Suriname-Guyana Submarine Cable System (S-GSCS) will begin shortly.  The cable will have the distinction of being the first fiber optic submarine cable that lands directly in Guyana.

07 Jan 2010 John Manock
167 Kenya Would Welcome LION

The Kenyan government would like to have the Low Indian Ocean Network (LION) submarine cable extended into its country, even though Kenya already has two operational submarine cables and will be adding a third in 2010.

04 Jan 2010 John Manock
168 NTT Com Launches TPE in Japan

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced that it has launched a new cable route linking Japan to the Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE), an optical fiber cable system that interconnects Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and now Japan.

03 Jan 2010 John Manock
169 StarHub Launches Services on Asia-America Gateway

Signaling a major milestone in Singapore’s telecommunications industry, the long-awaited Asia-America Gateway (AAG) – a 20,000km submarine cable network system that directly links Asia to the US – has launched, powering the next generation in international connectivity, collaboration and multimedia content for the country. Services over the new cable system will be commercially available in January 2010. The launch marks a turning point in StarHub’s 10-year history as the company will now manage and operate the Singapore-link of the AAG through its first cable landing station.

23 Dec 2009 John Manock
170 Major Progress in Development of Uhurunet Submarine Cable

Baharicom Development Company (BDC) recently signed an MoU with the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Consortium to co-build a submarine cable that will stretch from France to South Africa, connecting all countries along the West coast of Africa.

22 Dec 2009 John Manock
171 Key West Cable Among Stimulus Proposals

We have been profiling several submarine cable projects that have applied for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  In this issue, we will look at a proposed project in the Florida Keys.

22 Dec 2009 John Manock
172 Huawei Marine Wins Turnkey Contract from LPTIC

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd. has announced the successful bid for Libya’s LPTIC T-E submarine cable project, to provide end-to-end turnkey submarine system solutions.

21 Dec 2009 John Manock
173 Consortium Announces SJC Agreement

Members of the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) consortium have released formal statements regarding last week’s agreement to move forward on the project that we reported on Monday.  The project received a tremendous amount of press attention because of the involvement of Internet search engine giant Google.

17 Dec 2009 John Manock
174 MINTA, Tyco Telecom Celebrate Cable Laying Process

The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority (MINTA) and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, have announced the Marshall Islands-flagged Tyco Durable has returned to Majuro, RMI, and will begin to lay cable as part of a regional subsea cable project that will ultimately deliver high-bandwidth connectivity between the island nation and the rest of the world. In commemoration, the companies will host government delegates from the Republic of the Marshall Islands for an event on board the cable ship.

17 Dec 2009 John Manock
175 Puerto Rico Cable Proposed for Stimulus Funding

We have been profiling several submarine cable projects that have applied for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  In this issue, we will look at the Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative (PRBI).

16 Dec 2009 John Manock
176 American Samoa Project Looks for Stimulus Funds

We have been profiling several submarine cable projects that have applied for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  In this issue, we will look at the BLAST project in American Samoa.

15 Dec 2009 John Manock
177 Hannibal Brings Digital Independence to Tunisia

Tunisie Telecom has brought digital independence to Tunisia by landing the country’s first 100% African-owned subsea cable in Europe, firmly establishing itself as the leader in IT innovation in the region.  Dubbed “Hannibal,” in honor of the Carthaginian general who sailed from ancient Tunisia to conquer Italy, the new cable connects North Africa to Interoute’s pan European next-generation network, via Interoute’s landing station in Sicily.

15 Dec 2009 John Manock
178 Orange Inaugurates LION in Reunion

The submarine cable LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) was officially inaugurated in Reunion on December 14. The submarine fiber-optic cable, which connects Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius, was lit on the island on November 16, 2009. The project was financed by a consortium made up of Orange Madagascar, Mauritius Telecom and France Telecom S.A.

14 Dec 2009 John Manock
179 C&W Completes C-BUS

Cable & Wireless (C&W) said its customers will enjoy the benefits of increased bandwidth and the services offered following the commissioning of its $10 million submarine fiber optic cable.

13 Dec 2009 John Manock
180 Agreement on SJC Cable Reached

A consortium of carriers has reached an agreement to build the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC), which will be the highest-capacity cable yet constructed.  The consortium includes India’s Bharti AIrtel, Global Telecom of the Philippines (owned by Singapore Telecom), Google, KDDI, Reliance Globalcom, and Telemedia Pacific, a Hong Kong/Indonesia company.

13 Dec 2009 John Manock
181 Aleutian Islands Network Among Stimulus Proposals

As we noted last week, several submarine fiber optic cable projects are among the many applications for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Last week we profiled one of the proposals, the Northern Fiber Optic Link (NOFL).  In this issue, we are looking at a second proposal in Alaska, the Aleutian Fiber Connection.

10 Dec 2009 John Manock
182 Huawei Marine Successfully Delivers Hannibal

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd. has announced that it has successfully delivered the Hannibal submarine cable communications system for Tunisie Telecom. Accepted by the customer, the system has become operational.

10 Dec 2009 John Manock
183 Indosat Launches New Submarine Cable, Satellite

The successful completion of two major telecommunications infrastructure projects by Indosat, part of the Qtel Group, will deliver major enhancements to the quality and reliability of communications in Indonesia and the wider region, it was announced recently.

09 Dec 2009 John Manock
184 FCC Dismisses License Application

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has dismissed an application made by FLAG Telecom Network USA Limited (FLAG USA) to build a transpacific submarine cable.

08 Dec 2009 John Manock
185 Pacnet to Land New Cable System into India

Pacnet has announced that it will be making its largest investment into growing its presence in India by building West Asia Crossing (WAC), a new submarine cable network that will provide direct connectivity between India and Asia, and address the country's growing requirements for international bandwidth.

08 Dec 2009 John Manock
186 CeltixConnect Announces Submarine Cable System

CeltixConnect has announced that it has commenced construction of a high-capacity fiber optic submarine cable that will connect Ireland to the UK. Once deployed, CeltixConnect will deliver the resilience, diversity and low latency connectivity now demanded by enterprises, carriers and mobile operators alike. CeltixConnect model will allow end users to buy or lease dedicated dark fiber on the submarine cable or alternatively lease high capacity managed services on this uniquely designed route, the company said in a statement.

07 Dec 2009 John Manock
187 Vietnam Inaugurates AAG

The Vietnam Telecoms International (VTI), a unit of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), has activated the Vietnamese portion of the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable network.

06 Dec 2009 John Manock
188 AT&T's Undersea Cable Capacity Grows with AAG

AT&T has announced a significant expansion of its network capacity in the Asia-Pacific region through its participation in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) consortium. The consortium, focused on building an undersea cable system connecting Southeast Asia and the United States, recently announced the completion of the 20,000 kilometer-long AAG submarine cable network’s comprehensive testing. This milestone now enables AAG to begin carrying commercial traffic.

06 Dec 2009 John Manock
189 Indonesian Carrier to Deploy Submarine Cable To Singapore, Malaysia

According to Indonesian news service VIVAnews, Indonesian carrier PT Excelcomindo Pratama (XL) plans to build a new submarine fiber optic cable across the Malacca Straits to connect Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

03 Dec 2009 John Manock
190 Submarine Cable Developers Apply for Broadband Stimulus Money

Several companies looking to build submarine cables are among the 2,200 applications received by the United States government for stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

03 Dec 2009 John Manock
191 Huawei Marine Wins Turnkey Contract for Indonesian System

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd. has announced that it signed a turnkey contract with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk. (PT Telkom) for the Mataram-Kupang Cable System (MKCS).  The system will connect five islands in eastern Indonesia and extend about 1,200 kilometers, with an initial capacity of 4 × 10 Gbps. The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2010.

03 Dec 2009 John Manock
192 EASSy To Enter Service in June 2010

The West Indian Cable Company (WIOCC), the investment vehicle for the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy), has announced that its cable system is on schedule for completion in June 2009.

02 Dec 2009 John Manock
193 Alcatel-Lucent Wins San Andres Supply Contract

Bella Vista Trading Services S.A. and Energia Integral Andina S.A. have selected Alcatel-Lucent, in consortium with IT International Telecom, Canada’s leading marine service provider, to deploy this first cable link between the Colombian Mainland and San Andres Island, which has a population of some 85,000 citizens.

02 Dec 2009 John Manock
194 ACE Submarine Cable Welcomes New Members

The ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine cable system, which will stretch from France to South Africa, connecting all countries along the West coast of Africa, has added a number of new members.

02 Dec 2009 John Manock
195 Construction of Honotua Begins

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, using the cable ship Ile de Re, has begun laying the Honotua submarine cable connecting French Polynesia and Hawaii.

30 Nov 2009 John Manock
196 Government OKs VNPT’s Investment in APG

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has approved Vietnam Posts and Telecommunication’s (VNPT's) planned investment in the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable system.

30 Nov 2009 John Manock
197 Qtel Signs Major Cable Agreement with Tata

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has issued a statement regarding its participation in the recently announced Persian Gulf submarine cable system in partnership with Tata Communications.  Under the terms of the agreement, Qtel will be the designated landing party in Qatar for the Tata Global Network (TGN) Gulf Cable System, with other regional operators playing the same role for their respective nations.

This state-of-the-art cable system will connect the Gulf Region directly to the world's major business hubs and city centers through the Global Network, improving connectivity and providing the foundations for next generation communication technology. Completion of this new system will make an important contribution to Qtel’s strategy to connect Qatar with the world.

In addition to Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will be connected to TGN Gulf Cable in the initial Phase. Subsequently, in the second phase other countries in the Gulf will be conjoined.

The total length of the cable system within the Gulf region will stretch some 4,469 kilometers, reaching from Mumbai through to Oman and onto Kuwait. The segment will connect to Tata Communications’ global cable and backhaul network, which is one of the largest in the world.

Dr. Nasser Marafih, Chief Executive Officer, Qtel, said, “Qtel is delighted to announce this agreement with Tata Communications, which will bring a new global, and much needed, resilient submarine cable to Qatar. The enhanced capacity provided by this cabling solution will help ensure rapid growth of Broadband services across Qatar.”

Building and installing the global submarine cable will take approximately 22 months. The cable and the relationships enabled by the Gulf Cable System will provide the basis for an extended portfolio of value added services for local and global enterprise customers. When it is completed, the cable will enable at least 1.28 Tbps of additional international connectivity in the region

Through the TGN-Gulf Cable System, people in Qatar will have access to new, high-speed global routing that will encourage expansion in broadband penetration, Internet usage and enterprise applications, and can look forward to faster and more reliable bandwidth, while the more resilient and diverse cable structure will benefit generations to come.

Vinod Kumar, President and COO of Tata Communications, said, “We are delighted to be in partnership with a progressive and committed company like Qtel. This partnership is designed to create mutual benefit, which will multiply steadily as we use the foundation of the TGN Gulf cable system to develop additional network and IT services that address growing market needs.”  

Qtel and Tata Communications have worked together for many years to meet Qatar’s ever-growing requirements for international data and voice services. Under the terms of an earlier agreement signed in June of 2009, the two companies are aligning their infrastructures to provide secure, scalable and flexible connectivity solutions including Ethernet, MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) and a wide variety of managed services to their global customers.

“Qtel’s ongoing investment in cabling solutions will make a significant contribution to positioning Qatar as a leading regional and international hub for data and managed services, part of the wider strategic move towards expanding the knowledge-based economy,” concluded Dr. Nasser.

29 Nov 2009 John Manock
198 Bangladesh, India to discuss Submarine Cable Project

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina plans to discuss plans for a submarine fiber optic cable to India during her visit to that county in December.  The cable is one of the key infrastructure projects on the agenda for discussion during her visit.

29 Nov 2009 John Manock
199 Taiwan-China Cable Plans Confirmed

According to the Commercial Times, a Taiwanese newspaper, officials at Taiwan Mobile, the second largest mobile operator in the country, and China Unicom, have formalized their plans to jointly construct a submarine fiber optic cable linking the two countries.

25 Nov 2009 John Manock
200 Tata, Middle Eastern Operators Launch Gulf Cable Project

Tata Communications, as part of its strategic intent to participate and assist in the rapid development of the Middle East Region, has signed strategic partnership agreements with several of the major telecommunications operators in the Middle East to construct a new cable system into the Gulf. The new cable will connect the Region directly to the world's major business hubs and city centers via Tata's Global Network (the TGN).

25 Nov 2009 John Manock
201 eircom Partners with Hibernia Atlantic to Provide

eircom has announced that it has partnered with Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic submarine transport cable provider, to provide direct fiber optic connections from the eircom data center in Clonshaugh to the United States and Canada.

23 Nov 2009 John Manock
202 More Details Released on BIMP-EAGA Initiative

Additional information has been made public on plans for a system of submarine cables linking the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).  Key players in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) from the region met in the Philippines recently for the 5th BIMP-EAGA Working Group on ICT Meeting.  One of the highlights of the meeting was an agreement by the group to explore the installation of a submarine cable that would link its members (see Submarine Cable World NewsFeed for November 16, 2009).

23 Nov 2009 John Manock
203 SEACOM Awarded “Best Pan African Initiative”

SEACOM, the privately funded and over three-quarter African owned submarine fiber optic cable system, was named "Best Pan African Initiative” at the AfricaCom Awards 2009 ceremony held in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday, 11 November 2009. The award recognizes an initiative taken by an organization or a group of organizations to improve telecommunications services at a regional or continental level.

22 Nov 2009 John Manock
204 Private Thai Company First to Get Cable Landing License

True Internet Gateway (TIG) Co., Ltd. has become the sole Thai gateway provider able to offer the security of both terrestrial and submarine connectivity to Thailand after being the first private operator to be granted a license for submarine cable landing rights by the Thai National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on November 12. The license will furthermore allow TIG to establish interconnections with Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia and become the leading gateway to these nations.

19 Nov 2009 John Manock
205 Indosat, NEC Complete JAKABARE

Indonesian carrier PT Indosat has inaugurated the JAKABARE submarine cable system, linking three landing points in Indonesia with Singapore.

19 Nov 2009 John Manock
206 UUNET Kenya Opens Second London POP

UUNET Kenya has acquired a second international Point of Presence (POP) in London, joining the one it has operated since 2005 in Fuchsstadt, Germany.

18 Nov 2009 John Manock
207 SP Telemedia Limited to Acquire PIPE Networks Limited

SP Telemedia Limited (SPT) and PIPE Networks Limited have entered into a merger implementation agreement under which it is proposed that SPT acquire all of the shares outstanding of PIPE via a scheme of arrangement for A$6.30 cash per share.

18 Nov 2009 John Manock
208 NEC Announces First Integrated Ocean Observation System for Taiwan

NEC Corporation has announced a win for the first submarine-cable based integrated ocean observation system for the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan. The system will be deployed in the sea off of eastern Taiwan in order to strengthen seismic and environmental observations in the area. Construction of the system is scheduled for completion in June 2011.

17 Nov 2009 John Manock
209 Hannibal Enters Service

Hannibal, the first 100%-owned Tunisian international submarine fiber optic cable system has been inaugurated.

16 Nov 2009 John Manock
210 AAG Cable Boosts Reliability and Diversity for Telstra Customers

The opening last week of the 20,000-kilometer-long Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network marks a key milestone in Telstra’s expansion in Asia. As the largest capacity owner in the consortium which commissioned the AAG submarine cable, Telstra will be able to offer a new low latency route from South East Asia to North America, providing its customers with greater access to Asian markets, further strengthening the reliability, diversity and routing options for its market leading services, the company said in a statement.

15 Nov 2009 John Manock
211 BIMP-EAGA Looks at Additional Submarine Cable Links

Key players in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) from the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) met in the Philippines last week for the 5th BIMP-EAGA Working Group on ICT Meeting.  One of the highlights of the meeting was an agreement by the group to explore the installation of a submarine cable that would link its members.

15 Nov 2009 John Manock
212 Globacom Awarded Cote d'Ivoire Telecom License

Nigeria's second national telecommunications operator, Globacom, has taken another major step towards its vision to expand its services in Africa by obtaining an operating license in Cote d'Ivoire.  The license will allow Globacom to extend its new submarine cable system, Glo-1, to Cote d'Ivoire.

12 Nov 2009 John Manock
213 AccessKenya Connects to East African Submarine Cables

AccessKenya Group, Kenya’s first publicly listed ICT company and leading corporate Internet service provider, has announced that it has commissioned its international connectivity on both the SEACOM and TEAMS East African submarine fiber optic cables and has provided for diverse paths to the internet to ensure full international redundancy on international fiber.  This announcement comes shortly after AccessKenya was chosen by Tata Communications to host their Tier 1 PoP in Kenya.

11 Nov 2009 John Manock
214 Route for Second Bangladesh Cable Announced

Bangladesh is moving forward with plans to build a second submarine cable system.  The country, which has suffered from erratic Internet access due to its dependence on a single submarine fiber optic cable, SEA-ME-WE-4, is developing plans for an alternative cable that would connect Bangladesh with India.

10 Nov 2009 John Manock
215 AAG Goes Live

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), together with the consortium of Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network, has announced the completion of its comprehensive test requirement. The 20,000 km submarine cable network is ready to go live and start carrying commercial traffic.

10 Nov 2009 John Manock
216 GBI Signs Deal for Iraqi Submarine Cable Project

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has signed an agreement with Iraq Telecommunications and Post Company (ITPC) for the landing rights of submarine fiber optic cables in Iraq.

09 Nov 2009 John Manock
217 AAG to Enter Service on November 10

The Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable has been completed and will begin carrying commercial traffic on November 10.

05 Nov 2009 John Manock
218 LION Cable Completed in Madagascar

The first phase of the Low Indian Ocean Network (LION), a submarine cable system connecting Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion, is now operational.  According to reports from Madagascar, the cable is only awaiting government approval before beginning to carry traffic.

04 Nov 2009 John Manock
219 Pacnet’s EAC Pacific to Further Enhance Connectivity

Pacnet is on track to deliver enhanced connectivity across the Pacific with its latest cable extension linking Japan and the United States. A part of the Unity cable system, EAC Pacific is expected to be ready for service in the first quarter of 2010.

04 Nov 2009 John Manock
220 Hibernia Atlantic’s Project Kelvin on Track for Completion

Hibernia Atlantic has announced that it is on track to complete a multi-million euro cable build project, known as Project Kelvin, providing the island of Ireland with its first direct 40 Gbps network. The network is designed to provide capacity and redundancy for future business opportunities, both globally and locally.

03 Nov 2009 John Manock
221 Unity Lands in Japan

The Unity consortium has announced the landing of its transpacific fiber optic cable system in Chikura, Japan, marking an important milestone in the construction of a new system that will deliver significant increase in capacity between the United States and Japan.

02 Nov 2009 John Manock
222 Botswana Connects to SEACOM

Botswana’s Abari Communications has purchased bandwidth capacity from SEACOM, which recently completed a submarine cable network running along the east coast of the African continent.

29 Oct 2009 John Manock
223 Cuba Says It Is Not in Talks for New Submarine Cable

According to Spanish news agency EFE, the Cuban government has yet to be contacted by any U.S. companies regarding the building of a submarine cable between the two countries.

29 Oct 2009 John Manock
224 World Bank Supports Modernizing Africa’s ICT Sector

The World Bank is supporting a number of initiatives, including the East African Submarine System (EASSy), to improve Africa’s infrastructure development.  These initiatives will strengthen the capacity of public institutions such as the sectoral ministries and regulatory authorities and will promote a competition-friendly environment by liberalizing the sector and restructuring telecommunications operators.

28 Oct 2009 John Manock
225 AfDB Receives Africa Investor Award as Sponsor of the Year

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been awarded "Sponsor of the Year" Award by Africa Investor magazine in South Africa.

28 Oct 2009 John Manock
226 EAC Notes Development of Fiber Connectivity

The East African Community (EAC) has released a statement relating to the East African Regional Fiber Backbone.

27 Oct 2009 John Manock
227 Rwanda, SEACOM Negotiating to Reduce Bandwidth Costs

The government of Rwanda is in final talks with SEACOM to bring down the prices of the international bandwidth from about US$2,700 to $50 for each Mbps per month.

27 Oct 2009 John Manock
228 MTN Joins WACS Consortium

MTN Nigeria has announced that it is joining other international carriers in an agreement that would usher in the West African Cable System (WACS).  WACS is a submarine cable system that will connect Europe, West Africa and South Africa with over 3.8 Tbps of capacity.

27 Oct 2009 John Manock
229 New Cables and Upgrades to Improve Service in the Eastern Mediterranean

Carriers in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria are planning to upgrade several submarine cable systems, while also participating in new cable projects that will help meet growing demand in the region.

26 Oct 2009 John Manock
230 Rwandatel Connects to SEACOM

Rwandatel has officially launched the connection of its Internet services to the SEACOM East African international submarine cable network.

25 Oct 2009 John Manock
231 PT Telkom to Build Submarine Cable Network for Eastern Indonesia

PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (Telkom) will begin building a fiber optic backbone this month in Eastern Territory of Indonesia by taking part in Palapa Ring configuration covering the routes of Mataram-Kupang, Manado-Sorong, and Fakfak-Makassar.

25 Oct 2009 John Manock
232 Hibernia Atlantic’s CEO Wins Award

Hibernia Atlantic has announced that its company’s CEO, Bjarni K. Thorvardarson, has been awarded a Golden Bridges Award for promoting partnerships between North America and Ireland through its new, fiber optic cable build development, entitled “Project Kelvin.”  Hibernia Atlantic is the only extensive submarine and terrestrial cable deployment that will directly connect the Island of Ireland to North America.

22 Oct 2009 John Manock
233 Malawi Invites Bids for Submarine Cable Related Infrastructure

The Malawi Privatization Commission (MPC) is inviting applications from firms wishing to bid for contracts included in the World Bank-financed $20-million regional communications infrastructure program (RCIP), which entails construction of infrastructure to link Malawi with the coastal landing stations of submarine cables expected to be in place by 2010.

22 Oct 2009 John Manock
234 Venezuela, Cuba to Start Laying Fiber Optic Cable

The Venezuelan government said that construction of the long-discussed Venezuela-Cuba submarine cable would begin shortly.  Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister, Jesse Chacon, said that Telecom Venezuela and Cuban carrier Telebit have reached an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the supply and installation of the cable system.  In a statement, the minister said that construction of the cable would start this week.

21 Oct 2009 John Manock
235 Ghana Celebrates Glo-1 Landing

The government of Ghana has described the recent landing of Globacom's international submarine fiber optic cable along the west coast of Africa as the beginning of a new dawn in the continent's telecommunications industry.

20 Oct 2009 John Manock
236 PPC 1 Files to Modify Submarine Cable License

In a filing to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, PPC 1 Limited and PPC 1 (US), Inc. seek authority to modify the cable landing license for the PPC 1 cable system, SCL-LIC-20080213-00001, to exclude the landing station in Madang, Papua New Guinea, and the PNG Spur, which connects a branching unit on the segment connecting Sydney, Australia, with Piti, Guam, (Australia-Guam Trunk) to the Madang landing station.

20 Oct 2009 John Manock
237 Kenya ISP Is First to Connect to TEAMS

Kenya’s Jamii Telecoms Ltd has become the first company to connect to The East African Marine System (TEAMS) cable, which has been undergoing tests since it landed in the country in June.

19 Oct 2009 John Manock
238 Botswana to Connect to WACS

Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) will become a member of the West African Cable System (WACS) consortium.

18 Oct 2009 John Manock
239 Tata Extends Connectivity into Australia via PPC1 Cable System

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, today announced that it will start delivering capacity into Australia via the privately owned PIPE Pacific 1 (PPC-1) cable system.

15 Oct 2009 John Manock
240 EASSy Cable Laying to Begin Soon

Neotel has announced the construction of the East African Submarine Cable (EASSy), one of four submarine cables in which the first converged network operator is involved, is still on track. This follows the recent Management Committee of the EASSy cable held at Livingstone in Zambia at which Neotel is represented.

14 Oct 2009 John Manock
241 Telkom South Africa Notes Improved Capacity for Africa

Telkom South Africa is taking advantage of the many options now available for undersea cable capacity in Southern Africa.  The company noted that there are at least nine operational and planned submarine telecommunication cables that will connect various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa to the rest of the world by the end of 2011.

13 Oct 2009 John Manock
242 Company Announces Plans for US-Cuba Cable

TeleCuba Communications, Inc. has announced that it has been granted licenses by the U.S. Government, Department of the Treasury (OFAC), to install the first of its kind direct fiber optic submarine cable between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba. The announcement comes in the wake of the Obama Administration's removing of many of the telecommunications restrictions mandated by the embargo.

13 Oct 2009 John Manock
243 Internode Boosts Speeds, Lower Costs Thanks to PPC-1

Internode has increased data quotas and lowers plan costs as it passes on to customers the benefits of the PIPE PPC-1 international submarine fiber optic link, which went live last week.

12 Oct 2009 John Manock
244 Main One Lands in Nigeria and Ghana

MainOne Cable Company has announced the conclusion of the shore-end laying of its West African submarine fiber optic cable in Lagos, Nigeria, and Accra, Ghana.

12 Oct 2009 John Manock
245 FCC Grants License for Unity Cable

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the grant of a cable-landing license to GU Holdings Inc. et al., for the purpose of landing and operating a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system, the Unity Cable System, between the United States and Japan. The cable system will have landing stations in Chikura, Japan, and Hermosa Beach, California.

11 Oct 2009 John Manock
246 AAG Network Nears Commissioning

The Philippines National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the telecom regulator in the Philippines, have extended the provisional authority of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) to operate the cable-landing station for the Asia America Gateway (AAG).

08 Oct 2009 John Manock
247 PPC-1 Marks Milestone in Australia's Communications Infrastructure

In a separate statement, PIPE International noted that PPC-1 was officially switched-on today at a special event at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park.  The successful completion of Australia’s first independent submarine cable was two years in the making and cost $200 million.

08 Oct 2009 John Manock
248 PIPE International and Tyco Telecommunications Complete PPC-1

PIPE International, a fully owned subsidiary of PIPE Networks Limited, and Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, have announced they have completed the PPC-1 cable system. The completion of the 6,900 km system linking Sydney to Guam will provide enhanced connectivity to the region and ultimately lower capacity costs by generating increased competition in the Australian undersea cable market, the companies said in a statement.

08 Oct 2009 John Manock
249 Hibernia Atlantic’s CEO to Speak on Transatlantic Opportunities

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transAtlantic submarine transport cable provider, today announces that its company’s CEO, Bjarni K. Thorvardarson, will present on transAtlantic opportunities between Northwest Ireland and North America.  The presentation will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 9:15am, during the Irish Echo ‘Gateways to Tomorrow’ Conference at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.

07 Oct 2009 John Manock
250 Ocean Observatories Initiative Receives Award

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership have signed a Cooperative Agreement that supports the construction and initial operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).

06 Oct 2009 John Manock
251 Uganda University to Connect to SEACOM

Uganda Christian University (UCU) could be connected to the SEACOM undersea cable this month if negotiations bear fruit, the acting director of the Uganda Computing Services (UCS), Mr. Alex Kisakye said in September.

05 Oct 2009 John Manock
252 Millennium Telecom to Move Forward on Submarine Cable Project

Millennium Telecom Ltd. (MTL), a joint venture between India's state-run telecommunications companies -- Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) -- is planning to go ahead with its plan to build an extensive international submarine cable network in the Indian Ocean.

05 Oct 2009 John Manock
253 AfDB, Main One Cable Company Sign US$61 Million Loan

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and Main One Cable Company signed a loan agreement of US$61 million towards the development of a submarine fiber optic cable connection along the West African coast. With this investment, the Bank has further expanded its wide support for African ICT projects following investments in the East African EASSy submarine cable and two satellite systems -- Rascom and New Dawn.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
254 Submarine Cables Part of Altech’s Strategic Push

South Africa’s Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) has announced the group’s interim results for the six months ended 31 August 2009.  The carrier is a major investor in new East African submarine cable systems, which form a major part of the company’s strategy.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
255 American Samoa Planning for Second Cable

The impact of a devastating tsunami on American Samoa on September 29 has yet to be fully determined and it appears that the island’s only submarine cable is still functioning, but in days before the tsunami, American Samoa was looking ahead to its second cable.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
256 Kordia Board Gives Go Ahead to Trans-Tasman Cable

New Zealand carrier Kordia has announced that its Board of Directors is very pleased with the progress being made on Kordia’s development of a project to deploy a trans-Tasman submarine cable, and confirms that work will continue to ramp up over the next six months or so.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
257 SEACOM to Host Celebration of Cable’s Arrival in East Africa

In celebration of SEACOM’s historical arrival on the coast of East Africa, SEACOM will host the SEACOM Broadband Experience in South Africa as an exhibition that educates the broader market on the capabilities and potential delivered through true broadband.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
258 Glo-1 Lands in Ghana

Nigerian carrier Globacom has announced the landing of its West African submarine cable system, Glo-1, in Accra, Ghana.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
259 Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Breaks 100 Petabit per Second Kilometer Barrier

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that scientists in Bell Labs, the company’s research arm, have set a new optical transmission record of more than 100 Petabits per second-kilometer (equivalent to 100 million Gigabits per second-kilometer).

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
260 UUNET Kenya Shifts from Satellite to Submarine Cable

UUNET Kenya has completed the migration of its international Internet backbone from satellite to the SEACOM submarine cable.  The move also doubles the carrier’s bandwidth.

28 Sep 2009 John Manock
261 San Andres Cable Planned for Completion in September 2010

A submarine fiber optic cable linking mainland Colombia and the island of San Andres is scheduled to be in operation in one year, according to the Colombian government.

28 Sep 2009 John Manock
262 Tata Starts Management of SEACOM

Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTS), a leading provider of business transformation, telecom BPO and consultancy services, announced that they have launched network operations center (NOC) operations, subsequent to SEACOM commissioning the 1.28 Tbps, 17,000-kilometer cable system. TCTS NOC has started managing the network administration, operations and maintenance functions of this SEACOM cable system, which connects the African continent to the rest of the world.

27 Sep 2009 John Manock
263 Altech Increases Stake in Kenya Data Networks

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) has announced that it would increase its economic stake in Kenya Data Networks Limited (KDN) from 51% to 60.8% by investing a further USD39.5 million into the company. The capital injection will be used to roll out the KDN fiber optic network, further establishing KDN as the key provider of broadband in East Africa.

24 Sep 2009 John Manock
264 Danice Reportedly Completed

The Danice cable linking Iceland to mainland Europe has reportedly entered service.  Vodafone Iceland inaugurated the cable on September 1 by opening it for traffic for their costumers.

23 Sep 2009 John Manock
265 PPC-1 Reaches Another Milestone

PIPE Networks Limited subsidiary, PIPE International (Australia) Pty Ltd has announced that PPC-1 has successfully completed another major milestone by transmitting Internet Protocol (IP) packets end to end between Australia and the USA via Guam.

22 Sep 2009 John Manock
266 Altech and SEACOM Announce Strategic Bandwidth Alliance

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) and SEACOM have announced a strategic alliance for the mutual acquisition of bandwidth capacity on two cable systems. The agreement sees Altech procuring two STM-16s from SEACOM, with the option to upgrade, within three years, to double this capacity, to an STM-64. SEACOM will in turn purchase six STM-64s throughout the East Africa region on the terrestrial backbone network owned by Kenya Data Networks (KDN), a subsidiary of Altech.

20 Sep 2009 John Manock
267 Singapore Company Buys Submarine Cable Unit

Singapore firm Ban Joo & Company plans to acquire two units of Telemedia Pacific Group that are building a submarine cable linking Hong Kong and Indonesia.

17 Sep 2009 John Manock
268 Chinese Supplier Gains Universal Joint Certification

China’s Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable Co., Ltd. (ZTT), has become the first Chinese submarine cable maker to gain certification from the Universal Joint Consortium (UJC).  The company said that the certification is the next step in its efforts to develop a deep-sea submarine cable system for the international market.

16 Sep 2009 John Manock
269 Antel Uruguay Selects Alcatel-Lucent/IT Telecom Consortium

Alcatel-Lucent has signed -- in consortium with IT Telecom, Canada’s leading marine service provider with worldwide operations -- a contract with Antel Uruguay for a new submarine cable network linking Maldonado, Uruguay, to Las Toninas, Argentina.

16 Sep 2009 John Manock
270 Construction of Palapa Ring May Begin Soon

The Palapa Ring submarine cable network for Indonesia may finally be getting off the ground.  The project, which has had a long and difficult development process, may begin in mid-October, according to published reports.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
271 PIPE Delivers Impressive FY09 Results

PIPE Networks Limited has announced a 46% increase in consolidated profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2009 amounting $10.5 million. This result includes the combined results of subsidiaries including costs associated with construction of an undersea submarine fiber optic cable from Sydney to Guam.

13 Sep 2009 John Manock
272 SEACOM Connectivity Extends Across East Africa

SEACOM, Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) and Rwandatel S.A. (RTL) have announced a major partnership that further extends the reach of international broadband capacity across eastern Africa. Through concurrent deals, UTL and RTL, both subsidiaries of the Libyan Africa Portfolio LAP Green Networks, have purchased a significant amount of international broadband capacity from SEACOM whilst SEACOM has in turn secured a backhaul solution for Rwanda on the two regional players’ terrestrial networks between Kampala, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, both entities will have immediate access to the SEACOM network.

13 Sep 2009 John Manock
273 Indian Carriers Want to Build Terrestrial Route through Bangladesh

Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications have asked the Bangladeshi government for permission to build a terrestrial fiber optic network through the country to reach India’s isolated northeastern states.

10 Sep 2009 John Manock
274 Global Sporting Events Continue to Drive Submarine Cable Deployment

On October 2, 2009, the International Olympic Committee will name the winning city to host the 2016 Summer Olympics from between the four remaining candidates – Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.  The decision may not necessarily impact the submarine cable market, but it is worth keeping in mind that major sporting events such as the Olympics and FIFA World Cup have driven deployment of new submarine cable systems in the past.

10 Sep 2009 John Manock
275 UUNet Kenya Invests in Network, Prepares for Submarine Cables

UUNet Kenya has invested US$10 million to upgrade its core network, routing, transmission and security infrastructure as well as training, research and development aimed at delivering these solutions to its customers in a smooth and cost effective manner.

09 Sep 2009 John Manock
276 Glo-1 Lands in Nigeria

Globacom, the second national carrier in Nigeria, has landed its Glo-1 submarine cable in Lagos.  The landing marks the first time a private, international submarine cable has been landed in the country and when it enters commercial service in about six weeks it will greatly increase Nigerian customers’ options for Internet access.

09 Sep 2009 John Manock
277 Seychelles Looks to Connect to Submarine Cable

The government of Seychelles is investigating various options to bring submarine cable connectivity to the island.

07 Sep 2009 John Manock
278 CSnet Forms Alliance to Produce Offshore Communication Backbone

CSnet International, Inc. announced the formation of a strategic partnership to develop its modular, expandable Offshore Communication Backbone (OCB) concept.

02 Sep 2009 John Manock
279 TTCL Connects to SEACOM

Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) is now connected to the SEACOM international submarine fiber-optic cable system and is able to provide its customers with some of the fastest communication services in the country. TTCL chief executive officer Said A Said told local press recently that the company’s Internet traffic has been switched entirely to the cable effective 28 July 2009 – less than a week after the system was officially launched.

01 Sep 2009 John Manock
280 Tata Communications, Neotel Launch Services on SEACOM

Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, and Neotel, South Africa’s first converged communication national operator, have announced that they have launched service on the SEACOM cable system, the first undersea submarine cable system that will connect the African continent to Europe, Asia and India.

01 Sep 2009 John Manock
281 Gateway Communications Goes Live on SEACOM

Two years after committing to the SEACOM project, Gateway Communications is live on the submarine fiber optic cable connecting Africa to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. Gateway Communications was the first company to invest in SEACOM, which is bringing 1.28 Tbps of capacity to the continent.

31 Aug 2009 John Manock
282 Altech's KDN Acquires Stake in TEAMS

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), through its subsidiary Kenya Data Networks Limited (KDN), has announced the acquisition of an 8.5% stake in The East Africa Marine System Limited (TEAMS) cable for an amount of USD 11 million. The investment will give KDN a 10% voting right and an effective 8.5% equity stake in TEAMS. Altech will fund its portion of the purchase price from cash reserves.

31 Aug 2009 John Manock
283 FSM Meetings Discuss Submarine Cable

A delegation from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Department of Transportation, Communication, and Infrastructure (TC&I), headed by Secretary Francis I. Itimai, has completed its visit to the States of Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae, where it conducted a series of meetings with the state leaderships, as well as members of the private sectors and non-government organizations in the community, on a wide range of priority issues facing the Department.

27 Aug 2009 John Manock
284 PPC-1 Successfully Transmits “First Light”

PIPE Networks Limited subsidiary, PIPE International (Australia) Pty Ltd, announced a major milestone in the development of its PPC-1 submarine cable linking Sydney with Guam.

27 Aug 2009 John Manock
285 Tanzania Celebrates SEACOM, Builds Up Infrastructure

With SEACOM, the first international submarine fiber optic cable to land on Sub-Saharan Africa’s East Coast now in service, Tanzania is looking to build out its terrestrial infrastructure.

25 Aug 2009 John Manock
286 Kenyan Carrier Involved in TEAMS Testing

Safaricom, one of Kenya’s biggest telecom carriers, has been conducting live testing on the TEAMS (The East African Marine System) cable prior to the cable entering full commercial service.

24 Aug 2009 John Manock
287 Internode Launches New Service Using Basslink

Australian Internet service provider Internode has launched its NakedExtreme services in Tasmania, creating the opportunity to fill in many metropolitan broadband blackspots.

24 Aug 2009 John Manock
288 TEAMS Pricing Discussed

The cost for Internet service using The East African Marine System (TEAMS) has yet to be decided on by most operators as the cable system is preparing to enter service.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
289 Tata Communications and Tyco Telecommunications Complete TGN Intra-Asia

Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of communications, together with its supplier, Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, have announced that they have completed the installation, testing and commissioning of the TGN-Intra Asia (TGN-IA) Cable System. Arriving at the conclusion of a comprehensive test program, which verified compliance with all transmission requirements, the companies have completed the final step in achieving regional and global connectivity in Southeast Asia for the TGN.

19 Aug 2009 John Manock
290 Neotel Says SEACOM Is Light at the End of the Bandwidth Tunnel

South African carrier Neotel says that the recent activation of the SEACOM East African submarine cable system has changed the dynamics of bandwidth in South Africa, calling it the “light at the end of the formerly narrow bandwidth tunnel.” 

The carrier noted that for years, South African businesses and consumers have faced the constraints of a lack of true broadband or bandwidth, as well as very high telecommunication costs. This has impacted on a number of industries reliant on cost-effective communications to be globally competitive. However, this has changed with the landing of SEACOM.

13 Aug 2009 John Manock
291 KDN Slashes Internet Prices Thanks to SEACOM

Kenya Data Networks has announced that it is slashing down its Internet prices by 90% after the successful launch of the SEACOM submarine fiber optic cable along the East Coast of Africa.

“Video streaming is now much faster and efficient you can actually see a video in real time as opposed to previously waiting for it to buffer for a while before one could view it,” said Mr. Bhavesh Mistry, KDN’s Chief Technical Officer. “Downloading movies and watching live web TV is now much easier and convenient.”

12 Aug 2009 John Manock
292 Hibernia Atlantic Expands Sales Force

Hibernia Atlantic has announced that it has increased its sales force, hiring new team members throughout Amsterdam, London and Paris. The expansion of Hibernia’s sales force also includes the appointment of industry veteran Fergus Innes as Vice President of Sales, Europe.

Mr. Innes’ primary focus at Hibernia Atlantic will be to lead a team focused on driving Hibernia Atlantic’s cable transport services into the business, government and wholesale sectors throughout all of Europe.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
293 Consumer Group Calls for Fourth Tasmanian Cable

Digital Tasmania, a consumer action group created to give a voice to the views and needs of Tasmanian consumers in the digital age, is calling for the building of a fourth submarine fiber optic cable to link Tasmania with the rest of Australia. 

Three cables – Bass Strait-1, Bass Strait-2 and Basslink – currently serve Tasmania.  Testra owns both Bass Strait cables, while Basslink Telecom owns the latter, which was activated just last month and broke Telstra’s monopoly on fiber connectivity to the rest of Australia.

07 Aug 2009 John Manock
294 ASH Submarine Cable Launch

The government of Samoa has released a report on the launching of the American Samoa-Hawaii (ASH) submarine cable. 

May 28, 2009, marked an important milestone for all the people of Samoa, to witness

05 Aug 2009 John Manock
295 Vietnam to Bring Internet and Mobile Services to Islands

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved Decision No.1041/QD-TTg aiming to ensure Internet and mobile phone access for most of the country's islands.

Accordingly, the government will build fixed telephone facilities, public Internet access venues and satellite access stations on the islands. Under the new plan, most of the country's inhabited islands will have access to information and communications services by 2015.

30 Jul 2009 John Manock
296 Greenland Connect Touted as “Green” Submarine Cable

Tele Greenland A/S has noted that its new submarine cable system, Greenland Connect, is one of the first such cables to be powered exclusively by “green” energy.

30 Jul 2009 John Manock
297 Cyprus Continues to Develop as a Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean
Since antiquity, Cyprus has been a major regional trading hub and it is continuing that tradition in telecommunications, with no less than three new submarine cables under development that will help move traffic between the eastern and western Mediterranean.
27 Jul 2009
298 Basslink Activation Leads to NBN Rollout in Tasmania
The Australian and Tasmanian Governments has announced the start of the first stage of the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania with the release of an open competitive tender for fiber optic cable by Aurora Energy.
22 Jul 2009
299 AccessKenya Upgrades Core Network in Preparation of SEACOM and TEAMS Capacity
AccessKenya Group has upgraded its internet core network by ten times from 1,000 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps at a cost of Kshs. 60 million as it gears to handle the huge bandwidth capacity upon the arrival of the SEACOM and Teams submarine cables.
21 Jul 2009
300 India’s BSNL to Pick Vendor for Landing Station

According to published reports from India, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will shortly be selecting the vendor for setting up a submarine cable landing station in West Bengal.
21 Jul 2009
301 India’s BSNL to Pick Vendor for Landing Station
According to published reports from India, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will shortly be selecting the vendor for setting up a submarine cable landing station in West Bengal.
21 Jul 2009
302 eLandia and American Samoa Inaugurate Submarine Cable

eLandia, a leading technology enabler of emerging markets, has announced that it is joining Governor Togiola Tulafono and the people of American Samoa to inaugurate the undersea fiber-optic cable that now connects American Samoa and the Independent State of Samoa to Hawaii and the rest of the world.

21 Jul 2009
303 EASSy Granted Landing Station Permits

Nine countries in eastern and southern Africa have granted landing station permits to the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) project that will provide broadband services to operators sometime next year.

 

06 Jul 2009
304 Hawk lands in Cyprus
Cypriot carrier PrimeTel, in cooperation with Reliance Globalcom, has completed the landing of the Hawk submarine fiber optic cable system, on Yeroskipou beach in Cyprus.
01 Jul 2009
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1 Digital Realty to discuss the evolution of network infrastructure and data centers at PTC 2016

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. announced that its Chief Operating Officer, Jarrett Appleby, and Chief Technology Officer, Chris Sharp, will participate on two panels during PTC’16: Reimagining Telecoms, taking place January 17-20, 2016, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. The presentations will provide executive insight into the network infrastructure evolution, public to private data center transition and what next- generation telecoms will mean for today’s businesses.

On Monday, January 18 at 3:30 PM, Mr. Sharp will join moderator Joe Weinman, Author of Cloudonomics and Digital Disciplines, and representatives from Cisco, PortaOne, Inc., The University of Tokyo and Verizon Partner Solutions during the Executive Insight Roundtable: “Do Networks Really Need to Change for the Internet of Things?”, taking place in Coral 1. The session will explore the need for a new network infrastructure to address the bandwidth-intensive demands of the Internet of Things (IoT).

Mr. Appleby, alongside moderator Anthony Christie, Chief Marking Officer at Level 3 Communications, and representatives from DataGryd, Internet Initiative Japan, Inc. and Equinix will discuss the trend of data centers shifting from a public to a private management strategy on the Executive Insight Roundtable: “The Shifting Data Center.” The discussion will take place Tuesday, January 19 at 3:30 PM in Coral 2, and will discuss how operators across the globe are making this transition to maximize efficiency and meet individual customer solution requirements such as hybrid IT/cloud, mobile and social deployments.

16 Jan 2016 John Manock
2 TeliaSonera International Carrier Expands IP Network in the US

TeliaSonera International Carrier has yet again increased the possibilities for new and existing customers in the US to benefit from the availability of high quality IP services and the ability to connect to Europe’s largest and fastest growing IP backbone.

26 Aug 2010 John Manock
3 Terrestrial Fiber Optic System to Link Middle East

Carriers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria have signed an agreement to build a terrestrial fiber optic cable network linking their countries and continuing on to Europe.

18 Aug 2010 John Manock
4 Du Enhances Connectivity with Global IP VPN Services

Further enhancing its comprehensive enterprise suite of services, United Arab Emirates carrier du has announced the launch of its fully managed and converged Global IP VPN services - a new product that offers global connectivity solutions for businesses in the UAE. Global IP VPN service will seamlessly connect du customers’ offices internationally via a fully resilient and secure global Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network.

18 Aug 2010 John Manock
5 Vodafone Qatar to Deploy Qtel Data Center Solutions

Qtel and Vodafone Qatar have announced an agreement that will see Vodafone use the facilities of Qtel Data Center (QDC).

17 Aug 2010 John Manock
6 Level 3 to Provide Direct Connectivity into BATS Europe

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced the availability of direct connectivity into global financial markets technology company BATS Europe, operator of a European Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF). This will give Level 3’s European financial services customers access to Level 3’s international Tier 1 backbone and low-latency trading execution from Europe to North America.

12 Aug 2010 John Manock
7 Gateway Business Selects Cisco for MPLS Network

Gateway Business, a Vodacom Group company and leading supplier of African telecommunications services, has selected Cisco for its multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network in Nigeria and across sub-Saharan Africa. This deployment means that Cisco technology solutions will drive an IP next generation network (NGN) for Gateway Business, employing intelligent MPLS technologies.

11 Aug 2010 John Manock
8 Global Crossing Wins Contract for Broadcasting Giant

Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, has announced it has been selected to provide high-speed Internet connectivity for Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE), a European leader in technical services for the media and broadcasting sectors.

09 Aug 2010 John Manock
9 Chunghwa Telecom Establishes Subsidiary in Mainland China

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. the leading telecom service provider of fixed-line, mobile and Internet services to residential and business customers in Taiwan, has announced that it will establish a wholly owned subsidiary in Mainland China.

08 Aug 2010 John Manock
10 Cable & Wireless Worldwide Extends Presence in Middle East

Cable & Wireless Worldwide has announced the opening of its new regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City (DIC) to better serve its growing customer base in the Middle East and Africa. Following a three year presence in the region, the new office is further evidence of C&W Worldwide's continuing success in and commitment to the region.

05 Aug 2010 John Manock
11 MTN Group, Intel to Accelerate Broadband Adoption

Intel Corporation and MTN Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will see the companies collaborate to accelerate the deployment and penetration of broadband access in Africa and the Middle East.

02 Aug 2010 John Manock
12 Tinet Adds Low Latency Hong Kong-Europe Route

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group, the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, has announced the addition of a new terrestrial route to its backbone between Hong Kong and Europe.

01 Aug 2010 John Manock
13 NTT Announces Inter-Data Center Connectivity Service

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has introduced an Inter-Data Center Connectivity Service that forms one of the pillars of NTT Com’s new strategy for expanding world-class ICT solutions and quality of service in Asia. The service will utilize a large-capacity backbone for high-speed, seamless rack-to-rack connectivity between core data centers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Applications for the Inter-Data Center Connectivity Service will be accepted from September.

26 Jul 2010 John Manock
14 NTT Com to Strengthen Asian Expansion

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced that it will open premium data centers in Vietnam and Singapore and also launch a new service that enables enterprise customers to quickly establish seamless connectivity between core data centers under a major new strategy to expand business in the fast-growing Asian region.

22 Jul 2010 John Manock
15 Calix Helps Drive Broadband Services in the Caribbean

Calix, Inc. has announced that service providers across the Caribbean have been rapidly deploying the Calix Unified Access portfolio to address advanced broadband services demand.

20 Jul 2010 John Manock
16 KDDI Opens New Chinese Data Center

On July 29, KDDI will launch TELEHOUSE SHANGHAI and provide services in Shanghai, China. This will be KDDI's second TELEHOUSE brand enterprise in China following the Beijing opening. This move will mean that TELEHOUSE brand data centers have branched into 9 regions and 12 cities and cover 18 sites worldwide (approximately 113,000 square meters).

18 Jul 2010 John Manock
17 East African Carrier Launches MPLS in Uganda, Tanzania

In a move that gives developing African nations access to better data networks, Internet Solutions, a division of Dimension Data, has announced the expansion of its MPLS network footprint into Uganda and Tanzania.

14 Jul 2010 John Manock
18 Indian Carriers in Bandwidth Deal

Demand for international Internet bandwidth continues to soar throughout the world.  A recent announcement out of India illustrates this trend, as an Indian carrier announced that it would purchase more than 25 Gbps of new submarine cable capacity.

12 Jul 2010 John Manock
19 Internode Adds to International Network

With more than 15.5 gigabits per second of international data capacity linking Australia to the Internet globally, Australian Internet service provider Internode now maintains overseas points of presence in San Jose, Los Angeles and Ashburn in the United States, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, as well as the new POP in London. The recent network expansion has also established a direct link between Singapore and the new London POP, as well as new links from London to Internode POPs in the United States.

08 Jul 2010 John Manock
20 NTT Com to Enter Cambodian Market with Branch Office

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced that its subsidiary NTT Communications (Thailand) Co., Ltd. has begun operating a branch office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia effective immediately. Headed by the concurrent president of NTT Communications (Thailand), Tsuyoshi Kawashima, the Phnom Penh Branch will provide multinational companies in Cambodia with ICT solutions from NTT Com.

08 Jul 2010 John Manock
21 Telecom Italia Sparkle Adds IP POP in Catania

Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international wholesale arm of Telecom Italia, is pleased to announce that its top-tier Internet backbone Seabone latest Point of Presence is now available in Catania, Sicily. First to connect to this new IP facility is CYTA, Cyprus’ leading carrier.

07 Jul 2010 John Manock
22 Level 3 Upgrades Ultra-Low-Latency Network from London to Frankfurt

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced it has upgraded its ultra-low-latency fiber-optic network connection from London to Frankfurt. The upgrade significantly improves latency on this route as well as the Frankfurt-to-New York and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes, enabling higher-speed transaction rates with very low transmission delays for financial exchanges and other trading venues.

06 Jul 2010 John Manock
23 Submarine Cables Key to Telkom SA’s Strategic Direction

While announcing its financial results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, Telkom South Africa spelled out its new strategic direction and noted many areas in which international submarine fiber optic cables were key to the company’s future development.

30 Jun 2010 John Manock
24 Telekom Malaysia Launches Global Ethernet Services

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has strengthened its leadership position in the industry with the launch of its Global Ethernet services (GES).

29 Jun 2010 John Manock
25 Etisalat Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with KT

Etisalat has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Korea Telecom (KT), a prominent South Korean integrated telecommunication service provider, to jointly develop innovative new age telecommunications solutions and collaborative services for customers. The partnership agreement was signed by Mr. Essa Al Haddad, Group Chief Marketing Officer at Etisalat and Mr. Hansuk Kim, Head of Global Business Unit, Korea Telecom.

27 Jun 2010 John Manock
26 PCCW Global, Dialog Telekom Sign Interconnection Agreement

A PCCW Global subsidiary, HKT Global (Singapore) Pte.Ltd., and Dialog Telekom, a major telecommunications service provider in Sri Lanka, have signed an Inter-Carrier-Interconnection (ICI) agreement to interconnect the companies' Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks. PCCW Global is a subsidiary of Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited.

23 Jun 2010 John Manock
27 QF Builds Ethernet Bridge with World’s Leading Research Institutions

Qatar Foundation (QF) for Education, Science and Community Development, the pioneer in the nation’s drive to become an advanced knowledge-based society, has formally unveiled an advanced Ethernet project that will connect Qatar to a world of new educational opportunities.

22 Jun 2010 John Manock
28 Reliance Globalcom to Expand Infrastructure to Equinix Tokyo

Reliance Globalcom and Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, have announced that Reliance Globalcom will extend its existing points-of-presence in Japan to include Equinix’s Toyko-2 (TY2) International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center. The expansion will enable Reliance Globalcom to improve the cost efficiency and capacity of IPv6-enabled global connectivity services to the 230 countries covered by its network footprint. It will also enable all of Equinix’s Tokyo customers to directly access Reliance Globalcom’s advanced VPLS network.

21 Jun 2010 John Manock
29 PrimeTel Becomes First Cypriot Carrier on DE-CIX

PrimeTel has become a member of the largest Internet Exchange in the world -- the German Internet Exchange (DE-CIX). PrimeTel is the first Cypriot company present on DE-CIX.

20 Jun 2010 John Manock
30 Cook Islands Signs Bandwidth Agreement

O3b Networks Ltd (O3b) has signed a long term agreement with Telecom Cook Islands for the provision of 155 megabits of bandwidth for Internet Connectivity to web users on the islands. The bandwidth will be supplied over O3b’s Medium Earth Orbit satellite constellation that is currently under construction.

16 Jun 2010 John Manock
31 Tata, CEC Withdraw Equity Joint Venture Application for China

Tata Communications (Hong Kong) Ltd, a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Tata Communications Ltd and the shareholders of China Entercom Communications Ltd (CEC) have jointly withdrawn their Equity Joint Venture application with the Chinese Government. Both organizations have mutually agreed to terminate the various agreements memorializing Tata Communications’ equity investment in CEC.

15 Jun 2010 John Manock
32 Interoute to Give Enterprises the Freedom to Change Their Minds

Interoute, owner operator of Europe s largest next generation network, is overturning decades of convention by enabling organizations to buy ICT infrastructure as a service.  With the launch of its Unified Connectivity offering, Interoute is changing the way enterprises buy network services and providing businesses with the flexibility to move, add and change their connectivity services at any time without penalty.

13 Jun 2010 John Manock
33 PCCW Global, PTCL Sign Agreement

PCCW Global Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, and Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL), Pakistan's leading national carrier, have signed a MPLS Inter-Carrier Interconnection (ICI) agreement to strengthen each other's network coverage and service availability.

10 Jun 2010 John Manock
34 BT Launches Virtual Data Center in Brazil

BT has announced the launch of its Virtual Data Center (VDC) service in Brazil.  BT VDC aims at helping large business and public sector organizations succeed in the current economy and prepare for the future. It provides a dynamic and virtualized infrastructure platform that enables them to consume their IT and networking infrastructure as a service and forms the base for future cloud services. BT VDC offers servers, storage, networks and security that is orchestrated and automatically provisioned through its online portal. Customers can change the infrastructure easily in real-time throughout the duration of the contract through the portal. Customers can also rely on BT professional services to consult on most adequate configuration for the intended application.

10 Jun 2010 John Manock
35 Thai Carrier Expands Gateways, Drops Submarine Cable Plan

Thai international carrier JasTel Network has announced plans to expand its international Internet gateways into other countries in the region.

07 Jun 2010 John Manock
36 C&W Extend Its Global Ethernet Portfolio

Cable & Wireless (C&W) Worldwide has announced the rollout of two new Ethernet services to add to its suite of global networking services for businesses and carrier customers.

03 Jun 2010 John Manock
37 IIJ to Acquire Domestic Networking Operations in Japan from AT&T

AT&T and Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) have announced an agreement for IIJ to acquire AT&T Japan’s operations focused on domestic Japanese outsourcing services, including approximately 1,600 domestic Japanese business customers and approximately 250 AT&T employees who support these customers.  AT&T, through its existing local entities, will continue to serve the global needs of multinational corporations (MNCs) with operations in Japan.

02 Jun 2010 John Manock
38 Hibernia Media Announces Deal with Irish Broadcaster

Hibernia Media, formerly known as MediaXstream Inc., and a subsidiary of Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, have announced that RTÉ, an Irish public service broadcaster, has selected Hibernia Media for high performance, fiber network capacity for international contribution links for its television news services and programs. Hibernia Media's diverse network footprint provides reliability and high capacity to RTÉ's news coverage and program making.

31 May 2010 John Manock
39 C&W Signs New Deals in South Asia

Cable & Wireless (C&W) Worldwide continues to strengthen its presence in the South Asian market with a host of new customer wins in the region. The company has today announced that it has secured major contracts with Sri Lanka Telecom in Sri Lanka and with Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) and Transworld Associates (TWA) in Pakistan. The company has also forayed into Bangladesh by winning a contract with one of the largest telecom operators in the country.

27 May 2010 John Manock
40 Verizon Adds Optical Wave Service Enhancements

Verizon Global Wholesale is infusing its Optical Wave Service with various enhancements so carrier customers can diversify their services, offer new high-speed data links and leverage the value of highly reliable ring topologies.

26 May 2010 John Manock
41 NORDUnet Selects Tinet’s IPV6 Transit Services

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group, and NORDUnet, a joint collaboration by the five Nordic National Research and Education Networks, have announced NORDUnet's selection of Tinet's IP-Flow IP Transit service in Copenhagen, Denmark, for high speed IP Transit service.

26 May 2010 John Manock
42 C&W Expands in Asia Pacific

Cable & Wireless (C&W) Worldwide has announced a strategic extension of its world-class network in Asia Pacific with the commissioning of its own backhaul network in Hong Kong. The network is already carrying live traffic for multinational customers.

23 May 2010 John Manock
43 AT&T Announces New Strategic Services and Solutions

Companies of all sizes are accelerating their use of IP networks, cloud and mobility services to help them rethink and transform the way they govern and conduct their business, Ron Spears, AT&T Business Solutions (ABS) President and CEO said on Tuesday, addressing more than 70 global industry analysts during a two-day conference hosted at AT&T’s world-renowned Network Operations Center in Bedminster, New Jersey.

19 May 2010 John Manock
44 Qtel’s Credit Facility oversubscribed by 157 Percent

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) Q.S.C. has announced the successful closing of the General Syndication of its new US$2 billion dual tranche revolving credit facility. In the General Syndication Phase 17 additional banks joined with commitments of US$1.11 billion. The total subscribed amount of US$3.86 billion substantially exceeded the original target of US$1.5 billion.

19 May 2010 John Manock
45 BT Invests Across Asia Pacific to Seize Growth Opportunities

BT has announced it would further increase its capabilities across Asia Pacific, to capture the dynamic business opportunities available in the fast-growing region.

17 May 2010 John Manock
46 NTT Europe Opens New Warsaw PoP

NTT Europe, an ICT solutions partner and wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications (NTT Com), has announced the opening of a new PoP in Warsaw to provide extended reach of the Global IP Network into Eastern Europe. The new PoP is located in the LIM building and has begun serving customers this month.

11 May 2010 John Manock
47 Tata Partners with Infinity Africa in Tanzania

Tata Communications has partnered with Infinity Africa, a licensed Data Services Provider in Tanzania, expanding the reach of Tata Communications’ IP network further into East Africa.  This follows the company’s establishment of a point of presence (Pop) in Kenya six months ago, further reinforcing its commitment to emerging markets.

09 May 2010 John Manock
48 PTCL NOC Ensures a Fault Resilient and Highly Available Network

As part of its on going infrastructure development, a Network Operations Center established by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) facilitates a highly available, adaptable and fault resilient network, that can meet the market demand and ensures customer satisfaction, the company has announced.

06 May 2010 John Manock
49 Orange Tunisia Launches Operations in Tunisia

Orange and Investec, a Tunisian subsidiary of the Mabrouk group, have announced the launch of Orange Tunisia in the presence of Didier Lombard, Chairman of France Telecom, and Marwan Mabrouk, Chairman and CEO of Investec. The new operator, which will officially open its doors to customers on May 5, will offer customers mobile, fixed and internet services, becoming the first genuine convergent telecommunications operator in the country, the company said in a statement.

04 May 2010 John Manock
50 Chunghwa to Set Up Subsidiary in Vietnam

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) has announced the establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary in Vietnam via an investment of US$5.1 million. Operations are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2010.

03 May 2010 John Manock
51 Rostelecom Completes 10,000-Kilometer Fiber Link

OJSC Rostelecom and JSC FGC UES have completed construction and launch for the commercial operation of the fiber-optic communication link linking Chelyabinsk and Khabarovsk., Russia.

02 May 2010 John Manock
52 Tinet Expands Its Global Network into Boston

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group and the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, has announced at Markley Group’s Data Center & Telecom Networking Event, that it has selected Markley Group’s flagship data center facility at One Summer Street in Boston, Massachusetts as its latest network expansion location, further demonstrating Tinet’s commitment to its North American and global clients’ ever-increasing demands for IP and Ethernet services.

29 Apr 2010 John Manock
53 Megatrade Offers Hibernia Atlantic’s (GFN) to Its Members

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, and Megatrade Communications Services, a telecommunications share group for the Canadian securities industry, have announced that Hibernia’s low latency Global Financial Network (GFN) is now available to all Megatrade members. With this new offering, Megatrade clients now have access to secure and diverse low latency connectivity solutions throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

29 Apr 2010 John Manock
54 Tata Communications Extends Its Reach to Russia

Tata Communications has announced a further expansion of its network into Russia via a local Moscow point of presence. As the brand sets its sights on the growing demand for telecom services in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), its local presence in this geography further reinforces its focus on emerging markets.

27 Apr 2010 John Manock
55 HEC, PTCL Ink Largest Internet Connectivity Contract in Pakistan

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) have entered into a landmark agreement in Islamabad for the provisioning of 10 Gigabit Premium Internet Bandwidth Connectivity. This is the largest Internet Backbone Connectivity ever acquired by any organization in Pakistan.

21 Apr 2010 John Manock
56 PCCW Global Opens New Point-of-Presence Malaysia

PCCW Global, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's premier telecommunications provider, PCCW Limited, has announced the opening of a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) at Telekom Malaysia Berhad's (TM) data center in Kuala Lumpur.

20 Apr 2010 John Manock
57 Tata Communications Extends Video Connect Reach

Tata Communications and Hibernia Media, a leading service provider for video transport and managed video services, has announced that they have partnered to provide a global solution for delivery of media services.

20 Apr 2010 John Manock
58 Verizon Leverages Network to Deliver Traffic for Content Owners, Aggregators

Internet and video content owners and content aggregators are increasingly looking to Verizon's expansive global network to leverage their success, pumping massive amounts of data across the network. Their content is now flowing at up to half a terabyte of data per second directly onto the Verizon network, speeding delivery and improving quality for end users.

15 Apr 2010 John Manock
59 Thai Carrier Changes Name, Looks to Expand Markets

True Internet Gateway has been renamed True International Gateway in a drive to strengthen its presence in regional markets, where it hopes to offer broadband services soon.

13 Apr 2010 John Manock
60 NTT Com to Establish New Global IP-VPN POPs

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced plans to establish points of presence (POP) for its Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN services in Penang, Malaysia; Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; and Zurich, Switzerland to provide multinational companies with access to high-quality, cost-effective global managed network services in these key Asian, U.S. and European regional markets.

08 Apr 2010 John Manock
61 AT&T Plans $1 Billion Investment in 2010

AT&T plans to invest approximately $1 billion in 2010 to scale its delivery of applications, mobility and cloud services for global companies, to expand small business services within the United States and to continue extending its network globally.  The plan includes the acquisition of more than 600 Gbps of new capacity on submarine cables worldwide.

06 Apr 2010 John Manock
62 NTT Com Asia Launches Global Virtualization Service in Hong Kong

NTT Com Asia, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), has announced the launch of Global Virtualization Service in Hong Kong. Leveraging on the global infrastructure of the parent company and its partnership with VMware, the new and expanded capabilities of its virtualization service will provide customers with a one-stop solution to managing and monitoring their global operations efficiently.

05 Apr 2010 John Manock
63 Interoute Extends Its Reach to Istanbul

Interoute, owner of Europe’s largest next generation network, has announced that it has extended its pan-European fiber optic network into Istanbul, connecting Turkey to the heart of the EU. Despite the large numbers of European companies operating in Turkey, only a small number of providers cross the border into the EU, making options extremely limited for carriers and businesses. With Interoute’s fiber investment in Turkey, the provider becomes the only European operator to be able to provide high capacity connectivity direct from 26 European countries into Turkey’s dynamic business center.

31 Mar 2010 John Manock
64 ArmenTel Joins European Internet Backbone

ArmenTel has become the first telecommunication operator of Armenia to join the European Internet backbone via the Caucasus Cable System, ArmenTel press-service reports.  The new capacity will increase the total bandwidth of the company's network approximately by one-fourth.

30 Mar 2010 John Manock
65 DT, Telefonica Target Growth Areas

International telecom giants Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Telefonica de Espana have separately announced restructuring plans to take advantage of new opportunities in growing markets.

29 Mar 2010 John Manock
66 Niue Adds Satellite Capacity

Niue, a small South Pacific island covering only 260 square kilometers, has increased its Internet bandwidth from 1 Mbps to 4 Mbps.  Internet Users Society Niue, which provides Internet access to the island’s 1,400 people for free, will use the capacity to provide faster services, as well as extend its WiFi coverage to smaller villages.  The society also plans to acquire another 2 Mbps of capacity from an alternative satellite provider to serve as backup.

28 Mar 2010 John Manock
67 Zimbabwe Carrier in Deal to Reach Submarine Cables

Internet access provider PowerTel Communications (Private) Limited has become the first company in landlocked Zimbabwe to connect to the global submarine cable network via a terrestrial fiber optic connection through Botswana.  PowerTel signed a two-year contract with Botswana Telecommunications Company (BTC) in a US$5 million deal in January.

25 Mar 2010 John Manock
68 East African Backhaul System Nears Completion

A consortium of nine carriers from five countries is hoping to complete a fiber optic network connecting landlocked countries to East African submarine cables by the summer.

23 Mar 2010 John Manock
69 Bhutan Telecom Completes Link to London

Bhutan Telecom (BTL) has announced that it is the first company from that country ever to provide international access using optical fiber cable. The commissioning of this international fiber link extending from Phuentsholing to a PoP at Telehouse East in London via Mumbai is considered a landmark achievement compared to the company’s first international telecommunication link through a satellite system in the early 1990s.

21 Mar 2010 John Manock
70 Pacnet Delivers Enhanced IPv6 Services

Pacnet, Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, has announced the expansion of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) services to major cities across the region, improving network performance and enabling businesses to simplify network management while avoiding the impending exhaustion of IPv4 addresses.

10 Mar 2010 John Manock
71 Tata Communications Achieves Record Growth

Tata Communications has reported impressive growth in the last fiscal year and plans continued investment momentum for the upcoming year.

05 Mar 2010 John Manock
72 NTT Com Links IP-VPN Services with TTK in Russia

NTT Communications (NTT Com), a global ICT solutions provider, and Company TTK (also known as TransTelekom), the operator of Russia’s largest fiber-optic network, have announced the interconnection of NTT Com’s Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and TTK’s IP-VPN services in Russia, as well as the availability of Arcstar Global IP-VPN service nationwide.

04 Mar 2010 John Manock
73 Etisalat, Global Crossing Announce Deal

Etisalat, a leading carrier in the Middle East, has announced an agreement with Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, to provide seamless connectivity alternatives to customers who want to expand their connectivity to the United States, Canada and Latin America from the United Arab Emirates.

02 Mar 2010 John Manock
74 Russian Carrier to Upgrade Europe-Asia Fiber Link

Russian carrier TransTelekom (TTK) has commenced a large-scale project to double the capacity of its backbone DWDM network, the EurasiaHighway, which crosses the entire breadth of the Russian Federation, by mid-2010. Ultimately, this network upgrade will allow TTK to increase its overall protected capacity to up to 1.6 Tbps and its total unreserved capacity to 3.2 Tbps.

25 Feb 2010 John Manock
75 Hibernia Atlantic's GFN Added to GeoReach

Switch and Data, a leading provider of network-neutral data center and Internet exchange services, has announced that Hibernia Atlantic’s Global Financial Network (GFN), a next generation multi-gigabit, high-speed exchange connectivity platform, has become part of Switch and Data’s GeoReach Program in North Bergen, New Jersey. Hibernia’s GFN provides a fiber network which is dedicated to global capital markets across all asset classes in the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

22 Feb 2010 John Manock
76 Interoute Extends Pan-European Fiber Network to Ireland

Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest next generation network, has announced that it has extended its pan-European network into Ireland to meet demand from multinational enterprises looking for connectivity in the region.  The new Dublin point of presence (PoP), which is live and fully operational, provides businesses with resilient, high quality voice and data services and a fast and reliable bridge to the rest of Europe.

18 Feb 2010 John Manock
77 NTT America Anticipates Continued Capacity Demand

NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a global IP network services provider, expects that demand for Internet capacity worldwide will continue to grow due to broadband availability.

17 Feb 2010 John Manock
78 Eurovision Picks TTK for Vancouver Olympics

Russian carrier TransTelekom (TTK) has announced it has been awarded a contract by Eurovision to help transmit the HDTV signal for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver from central Europe into and throughout the Russian Federation. Tens of millions of viewers are expected to tune in across Russia to top TV stations Channel 1 and Channel Russia, and TTK will be responsible for delivering an uninterrupted, HD-quality and frequently live signal from the Eurovision’s points of presence (PoPs) in Frankfurt and Helsinki to Moscow. The project will involve provisioning of new STM-1 and STM-4 capacity leased lines between these locations.

11 Feb 2010 John Manock
79 NTT Com Increases Japan-U.S. Backbone to 300 Gbps

NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that it has significantly increased the data transmission speed of its Global IP Network between the United States and Japan to an industry-leading 300 Gbps, further enhancing the company’s leadership in Tier-1 transpacific IP connectivity.

09 Feb 2010 John Manock
80 TIS Hi-tech, Pacnet Form Data Center Alliance

Tianjin TIS Hi-tech Information System Service Co., Ltd., an affiliate of TIS Inc., a subsidiary of IT Holdings Corporation, has announced the signing of a business alliance with Pacnet Business Solutions (China), a business unit of the leading regional telecommunications service provider, Pacnet, to jointly develop a new data center facility in Tianjin, China.

04 Feb 2010 John Manock
81 Tata Launches Its Largest Indian Data Center

Tata Communications has unveiled its largest data center in the country. Spread across nearly 55,000 net square feet, the data center would offer services including co-location, managed hosting and storage and a suite of complementary services including managed security services and CDN services. The Pune IDC will reside on Tata Communications’ Tier-1 IP backbone enabling it to provide high capacity Internet, MPLS and global Ethernet services.

02 Feb 2010 John Manock
82 Vodacom South Africa Cuts Bandwidth Rates by 50%

Vodacom Business has announced that its customers will pay up to 50% less for their international Internet connectivity (local internet access portion included), making it amongst the lowest prices for fully restored Internet access services in South Africa.  The cost reduction comes about thanks to the proliferation of new submarine cable systems serving South Africa.

01 Feb 2010 John Manock
83 Gateway Continues to Invest in Africa

Gateway Communications will continue to invest in infrastructure in East Africa, while at the same time moving closer to complete its vision of a national MPLS network for Nigeria.

31 Jan 2010 John Manock
84 TTK Doubles Capacity of Moscow POP

Russian telecommunications company TransTeleKom (TTK) has concluded the next upgrade of its IP-MPLS-backbone Points of Presence (PoPs) in Moscow. The two T1600 routers by Juniper Networks were installed at mutually reserved PoPs, with each unit supporting 80 10 Gbps ports, resulting in a doubling of capacity at each PoP.

26 Jan 2010 John Manock
85 Vietnam Telecom Industry Grows Dramatically

In the last five years, Vietnam’s telephone and Internet density have grown 428% and 1,777%, respectively, according to the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC).

25 Jan 2010 John Manock
86 Pacnet Awarded License in Malaysia

Pacnet has announced that it has obtained a Network Service Provider (NSP) license from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), paving the way for businesses and carriers in Malaysia to access high bandwidth international network connectivity solutions backed by Pacnet’s extensive subsea cable network.

25 Jan 2010 John Manock
87 Bharti Airtel, Limelight Announce Strategic Partnership

Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with Limelight Networks® for Content Delivery Network (CDN) services in the Indian market place. The partnership will help Limelight Networks® to expand its access in one of the fastest growing CDN markets and enable its customers, access to Bharti Airtel’s state-of-the-art IP network in India. With this agreement, Bharti Airtel will now be able to offer Indian content producers, industry-leading solutions for the delivery of rich media and enterprise applications, as well as direct access to consumers accessing the Internet, over 900 last mile networks that are directly connected to Limelight Networks’ global platform.

24 Jan 2010 John Manock
88 NTT Com Further Expands Footprint in China

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced its further expansion in China with the opening of a new branch office in Wuhan, Hubei Province in February and the launch of a new point of presence (POP) for its Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN managed network services in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. The Wuhan office is a milestone for NTT Com as the first branch office of a global telecommunications company in the city.

24 Jan 2010 John Manock
89 Hibernia Atlantic Adds Interxion to Its GFN

Hibernia Atlantic’s Global Financial Network (GFN), a next generation multi-gigabit, high-speed connectivity platform, has added Interxion's London Proximity Data Center to its GFN multi-market footprint.

21 Jan 2010 John Manock
90 Interoute, Gibtelecom Bring New Telecom Choice to Gibraltar

Gibtelecom, the leading telecommunications provider in Gibraltar, and Interoute, owner operator of a state of the art European next generation network, have deployed an alternative telecommunications route to Gibraltar, offering high capacity connectivity between the Rock and the rest of Europe.

21 Jan 2010 John Manock
91 China Telecom Selects Tinet for International Ethernet Service

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group and the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, and China Telecom (Europe) Ltd., the subsidiary of China Telecommunications Corporation, China’s principal telecom operator and comprehensive information provider and owner of the world's largest fixed-line communication network, have announced that China Telecom’s partnership with Tinet for International Ethernet Private Line service.

19 Jan 2010 John Manock
92 SingTel, KVH to Launch Ultra Low Latency Network

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and KVH, market leaders in low latency services in Singapore and Japan, respectively, have announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop and operate an ultra low latency and fully redundant network service between Singapore and Japan for the financial trading community.

14 Jan 2010 John Manock
93 Bharti Airtel Announces Strategic Organizational Changes

Bharti Airtel Limited has announced strategic organizational changes with the objective to enhance its focus on expanding operations to international markets beyond India and South Asia and further consolidate its leadership position in India.

13 Jan 2010 John Manock
94 C&W Strengthens Business Presence in China

Cable & Wireless (C&W) is building its infrastructure services and strengthening its partnership agreements in China, to continue the company’s significant growth in the region.

12 Jan 2010 John Manock
95 KDDI Launches Telehouse JV in Vietnam

KDDI Corporation, FPT Information System (FIS), the largest system integrator (SI) in Vietnam, and ITX, which is expanding its telecommunications service business, have established the joint venture Telehouse Vietnam, reached an agreement to develop the data center business, and concluded a contract among share holders.

07 Jan 2010 John Manock
96 Qtel, Tata Introduce Advanced Services in Qatar

Qtel and Tata Communications have jointly announced the launch of enterprise network services, enabling a range of dedicated Ethernet services to be offered to customers seeking connectivity in Qatar and globally. The partnership enables Qtel to extend its reach by offering Layer-2 Global Ethernet services into and out of Qatar, while Tata Communications can now extend its global network coverage across the region.

06 Jan 2010 John Manock
97 Verizon Network Investment Tops $17 Billion in 2009

Verizon has invested more than $17 billion this year in its wireless and wireline networks in the U.S. and internationally.  The Verizon global IP network serves more than 2,700 cities in 159 countries, and its wireless network reaches approximately 289 million Americans.

04 Jan 2010 John Manock
98 Pacnet Delivers Pioneering Intelligent Private Line Service

Pacnet has launched Pacnet SmartTransport, Asia’s first international private line service with flexible protection options to address the growing demand for uninterrupted network connectivity.

23 Dec 2009 John Manock
99 Global Crossing Completes Data Center Expansion in Santiago

Global Crossing has announced the completion of its Data Center expansion in Santiago.  The company has substantially improved the power generation capacity at these facilities located in the district of Huechuraba.

20 Dec 2009 John Manock
100 NTT Com Expands in India, New Zealand, US

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced plans to establish a point of presence (POP) for its Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN managed network service in Chennai, India and also to interconnect the service with an IP-VPN service operated by Telecom New Zealand (TNZ) in New Zealand.

20 Dec 2009 John Manock
101 Telecom Italia Sparkle Extends Its IP Backbone

Telecom Italia Sparkle extends the reach of SEABONE, its global 1.5 Tbps IP backbone, into the heart of the Balkans through the opening of its latest points of presence in Bucharest, Romania and Istanbul, Turkey.

17 Dec 2009 John Manock
102 Verizon Deploys Commercial 100G Optical System

On December 14, Verizon became the first telecommunications carrier to successfully deploy a commercial 100G (gigabits per second) ultra-long-haul optical system for live traffic. This system was deployed on the company's European optical core network between Paris and Frankfurt. The accomplishment marks the first time for deployment of ultra-long-haul 100G using a single channel on a production network.

16 Dec 2009 John Manock
103 Telstra International Expands Connectivity in Asia

Telstra International, a leading global provider of managed network solutions, today unveiled a series of initiatives to deepen its connectivity in key Asian growth markets in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. As well, the company announced that it has reinforced its dual-PoP strategy to provide enhanced diversity to its network coverage. Together, the expanded connectivity and diverse network coverage address the growing need to support customers with an advanced business continuity capability.

15 Dec 2009 John Manock
104 PIPE International Chooses Equinix Sydney Data Center

Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, today announced that PIPE International (Australia), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PIPE Networks has selected Equinix as a key interconnect provider for its new PIPE Pacific Cable (PPC-1) undersea cable. Through Equinix Sydney-1 (SY1) International Business Exchange(TM) (IBX(R)) data center located in its Sydney campus, Equinix will provide PIPE with convenient, secure and cost-effective access to the aggregation of Australia's leading carriers operating within the center.

09 Dec 2009 John Manock
105 KDDI Announces Launch of Data Center in South Africa

Telehouse Europe, KDDI Group's European local subsidiary, has opened its new data center Telehouse Cape Town in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. This is the first data center opened by a Japanese telecommunications carrier in Africa.

08 Dec 2009 John Manock
106 Gateway Communications Awarded NFP License in Kenya

Gateway Communications has been awarded three new licenses, including the Network Facilities Provider (NFP) Tier 2 License by the Communications Commission of Kenya. The new licenses further Gateway’s drive to build a pan-African connectivity network that covers every major African city, based on satellite, submarine cable and terrestrial (fiber) infrastructure.

01 Dec 2009 John Manock
107 Telkom South Africa Opens New Data Center

Telkom South Africa has launched its latest state-of-the-art green data center, called Bellville 2, in Cape Town under a new brand offering called Cybernest.

30 Nov 2009 John Manock
108 KDN Adds Redundancy to Its Domestic Network

Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has begun a 700-kilometer terrestrial fiber optic cable project from Thika to Mombasa.  The new network will provide redundancy for KDN’s existing Mombasa-Nairobi link.  Construction on the new cable will be completed in the spring of 2010.

23 Nov 2009 John Manock
109 Telstra International Expands Global Data Center Footprint in UK

Telstra International has announced further expansion of its global data center network. The new multi-million pound facility in Woking, UK, will provide an additional 10,000 square feet of hosting space for Telstra International’s customers worldwide. It is due to open in the fourth quarter of 2009.

17 Nov 2009 John Manock
110 Submarine Cables Help Bottom Line of Kenyan Carrier

AccessKenya Group, Kenya’s first publicly listed ICT company and Kenya’s leading data services provider, has announced that it has achieved its year end customer target numbers nearly two months ahead of schedule, with 3,000 customers now signed up to its residential broadband service and over 3,100 customers now contracted for its leading corporate broadband service, Broadband Max.

16 Nov 2009 John Manock
111 Telkom South Africa Prepares for 2010 World Cup

This year's FIFA Confederations Cup, played last June in South Africa, saw 100% broadcast efficiencies being enabled by the backbone ICT infrastructure that was provisioned by Telkom South Africa.  The event was a key test of the carrier’s readiness for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, also to be held in South Africa.

12 Nov 2009 John Manock
112 Hibernia Atlantic Extends GFN

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic submarine transport cable provider, and Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, has announced the expansion of its Global Financial Network (GFN) into the Equinix New York-2 (NY2) and New York-4 (NY4) International Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers in Secaucus, New Jersey. This expansion further drives Hibernia Atlantic’s redundancy within the New York metro area and reinforces the company’s commitment to provide reliable connectivity to its financial customers, bypassing major congestion points located within major metro city centers. This link into Equinix Financial eXchange, a neutral electronic marketplace of active market participants located in the NY2 and NY4 centers, is also a much-desired route for financial exchange traffic, moving from Chicago to Secaucus (bypassing Manhattan when and if necessary) and across the Atlantic Ocean to Slough, UK (bypassing London when and if necessary as well).

11 Nov 2009 John Manock
113 Nicaragua’s Enitel Connects to Arbinet’s Wholesale Carrier Services

Arbinet Corporation has announced that leading mobile provider and Nicaraguan PTT, Enitel (Empresa Nicaragüense de Telecomunicaciones), will use Arbinet’s new wholesale Carrier Service interface for termination and origination of international calls. Enitel will benefit from Arbinet’s scale, global reach and sophisticated routing capabilities to deliver high quality, lower cost international calling to its customers in Nicaragua. Arbinet gains reliable, high quality termination capacity in Nicaragua for its retail and wholesale customers.

10 Nov 2009 John Manock
114 Interoute Upgrades European Network

Interoute, owner operator of one of Europe’s largest next generation voice and data network, and Juniper Networks Inc, the leader in high performance networking, have announced that an extra 9.5 Terabits of capacity has been added to Interoute’s pan European IP network. The upgrade is in response to increased Internet traffic from ISPs, content providers and enterprise customers, which led to Interoute experiencing IP traffic doubling every 12 months.

09 Nov 2009 John Manock
115 TM Joins Global Crossing to Extend Its Reach

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Malaysia’s leading integrated information and communications group, recently signed a partnership agreement with Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, to join Global Crossing’s Global Partner Program (GPP).

09 Nov 2009 John Manock
116 AT&T Completes Acquisition of Centennial Communications

AT&T announced that it has completed its acquisition of Centennial Communications Corp. The acquisition enhances AT&T’s network coverage across the Midwest and Southeast United States and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

08 Nov 2009 John Manock
117 CAT Selects Tinet for Global High-Availability IP Transit

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group and the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, and CAT Telecom Public Company Limited (CAT), the Thai state-owned telecommunications company, have announce CAT’s selection of Tinet’s IP-Flow IP Transit service in key cities in Europe. The additional ports in these European markets provide CAT additional global reach for communications to and from Thailand.

05 Nov 2009 John Manock
118 AT&T Global Network Extended to Kuwait

AT&T has announced that it has extended the AT&T network through a new node in Kuwait City.  The new node will provide AT&T’s global customers with improved connectivity in the Middle East and allow local Kuwaiti companies better access to global markets via AT&T’s worldwide network.

04 Nov 2009 John Manock
119 NTT Com to Launch Global Virtual Hosting

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced Biz Hosting Global, a virtual hosting service with globally unified virtualization features, which will be launched through premium data centers in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong from January 2010 and in Singapore at a later date.

03 Nov 2009 John Manock
120 Interoute Expands Its Presence in Russia

Interoute has announced that it has expanded its network to Moscow in response to a surge in demand from enterprises looking for connectivity in the region.  The new Point of Presence (PoP) in Moscow is providing businesses and service providers alike with fast, cost effective access to the rest of Europe and resilient, high quality voice and data services to support their operations.  Interoute’s network expansion provides Russia with part of the infrastructure investment it is seeking as it strives to diversify its economy away from oil, its largest and most volatile export.

02 Nov 2009 John Manock
121 Bharti Airtel Launches Global Ethernet Services

Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of Ethernet services in more than 25 global cities across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. As a promotional offer, Bharti Airtel is offering 'One Capacity One Price' to US, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong to both the Enterprise and Wholesale customers. The launch of the Global Ethernet Service Portfolio by Bharti Airtel is part of its strategy to become a truly global service provider with wide range of product offerings.

01 Nov 2009 John Manock
122 BT to Expand Footprint for UK's Fastest Broadband

In another example of the growing demand for Internet bandwidth, BT has revealed plans to more than double the availability of its fastest fiber broadband service. The company said it now plans to deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps – the fastest in the UK – to around 2.5 million UK homes and businesses using fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology. This has the capacity to deliver far greater speeds in the future – of up to 1Gbps – should there be commercial demand.

29 Oct 2009 John Manock
123 Rostelecom Touts TEA

Rostelecom, Russian national telecommunications operator, a member of Svyazinvest group of companies, touted its Asia-Europe network at the recent ITU TELECOM World 2009.

28 Oct 2009 John Manock
124 Carrier Proposes Nigeria-to-Tunisia Terrestrial Fiber Cable Route

Brymedia West Africa Limited, one of the bidders for Nigerian national carrier Nitel, has proposed building a terrestrial fiber optic cable across Nigeria, across Niger and Algeria, to Tunisia as an alternative to submarine cables.

26 Oct 2009 John Manock
125 Etisalat Partners with China Telecom to Enhance Global IP VPN Network

Etisalat has announced a further expansion of its global IP VPN initiative by signing a partnership agreement with China Telecom to enhance connectivity options for customers from UAE and China.

26 Oct 2009 John Manock
126 Verizon Moves Toward Single, Higher Capacity, More Intelligent Global Network

Verizon is transforming its global network into a single, higher-capacity platform that combines optical transport with advanced packet-switching technology.

25 Oct 2009 John Manock
127 NTT America Supports Growth of Internet in Central America

NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, has announced company executives spoke and moderated panels at the recent Capacity Central America 2009 conference in Panama.

22 Oct 2009 John Manock
128 Verizon Business Circles Globe With Optical Mesh Network; Begins Extension to Middle East

Undersea meshing creates additional paths to seamlessly reroute traffic in the event of multiple undersea cable breaks or network disruptions.  Verizon Business was the first service provider to offer seven-way diversity for services traversing cable systems in the Atlantic and Pacific.  The meshing is made possible by installing communications equipment in network facility buildings linked to the submarine cables.

21 Oct 2009 John Manock
129 World Bank Supports Central Africa Backbone Program

The Executive Board of Directors of the World Bank Group has announced its endorsement of the $215 million, ten-year Central African Backbone Program (CAB Program). This program will support the countries of the Central African region in developing their high-speed telecommunications backbone infrastructure to increase the availability of high-speed Internet and reduce end-user prices. The CAB Program will also help countries harmonize the laws and regulations that govern the ICT sector to increase private sector investment and improve competition.

18 Oct 2009 John Manock
130 Level 3, Internet2 Deliver Transatlantic Link to Large Hadron Collider

Level 3 Communications, Inc. and Internet2 have announced an expanded relationship to provide transatlantic and U.S. network connectivity for United States. LHCNet. The network will transport data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a massive particle accelerator spanning the French-Swiss border, to more than 1,700 scientists at 94 institutions across the United States.

14 Oct 2009 John Manock
131 TELEHOUSE America Launches Global Data Center and Managed Services

TELEHOUSE America, the United States’ leading provider of dedicated data centers, international Internet exchanges and managed IT services, has announced today the global availability of TELEHOUSE-branded data centers in 17 cities throughout Asia, North America and Europe.  Companies requiring global data center solutions, connectivity and managed services can now contact global TELEHOUSE team for facility space and power in any of the TELEHOUSE-branded facilities located in France, The United Kingdom, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.  This announcement comes on the heels of TELEHOUSE America’s announcement launching its ubiquitous IP Transit services and the availability of its Global Interlink US-Europe Ethernet connectivity solutions between its major data centers in the United States and Europe.

11 Oct 2009 John Manock
132 TeliaSonera International Carrier Offers 40 Gbps Wavelength

TeliaSonera International Carrier is now offering 40 Gbps Wavelength on its existing DWDM network in Europe.

06 Oct 2009 John Manock
133 Telecom Italia Sparkle, CDNetworks Announce Strategic Partnership

Telecom Italia Sparkle, a leading global telecommunications service provider and CDNetworks, a top tier, full-service global content delivery network, have announced a strategic partnership that enables Telecom Italia Sparkle to provide content delivery services to customers across Europe. The strategic partnership expands Telecom Italia Sparkle’s service portfolio with the addition of CDNetworks’ full suite of advanced content delivery solutions for media delivery, content acceleration, and software and other file downloads.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
134 Qtel’s Credit Facility Oversubscribed by 100 Percent

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has announced the signing of a syndicated revolving credit facility, following the closing of the general syndication phase of the US$1.5 billion facility that was closed in March 2009.  The general syndication, which was launched at US$1.5 billion, was to provide existing and new lenders to Qtel an opportunity to join the facility. The Facility was oversubscribed by more than 100 percent and the final facility size was increased to US$ 2 billion.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
135 NTT Com to Launch Subsidiary in Philippines

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has announced it will establish NTT Communications Philippines Corporation (NTT Com Philippines) as a wholly owned subsidiary in Manila to provide system integration, security solutions and other ICT services from October 1.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
136 Telefonica Expands Network Reach

Telefonica has opened new operational units in 15 European countries to further enhance the integrated telecommunications services it offers Multinational Corporations across the region. As well as strengthening its international network capabilities, Telefonica also unveiled a new suite of solutions for corporate customers, including the new Telefonica Multinational Solutions web portal, now live at: www.multinationalsolutions.telefonica.com.

27 Sep 2009 John Manock
137 Myanmar-Thailand Terrestrial Fiber Network Completed

The Myanmar Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and the Telecommunication Organization of Thailand (TOT) have completed the building of a terrestrial fiber optic network between the two countries.

27 Sep 2009 John Manock
138 KDDI to Establish Local Subsidiary in Shanghai

KDDI will establish a local subsidiary in Shanghai. KDDI Shanghai will begin operations on October 15, 2009.

24 Sep 2009 John Manock
139 Tata Communications Extends WAN Ethernet Service to China

Tata Communications has announced that it has extended its Ethernet service portfolio into China, with immediate availability. Tata Communications will provide market-leading Ethernet services to global enterprises and carriers wanting to connect China with major global business centers worldwide, and builds on its existing MPLS and IPLC capabilities in the country.

Through an alliance and proven network interoperability with Beijing-based value-added telecoms services and integrated IT solutions provider China Enterprise Communications (CEC), Tata Communications now offers the reliability, security, flexibility, and manageability of its Dedicated Ethernet and Priority Ethernet line of services into the Chinese market. Many companies today use Tata Communications’ MEF certified Ethernet services to simplify their network and reduce their costs. Now the superior Ethernet capabilities of Tata Communications are also available to China, adding to the existing footprint of over 200 cities across 31 on-net countries.

The service will provide global point to point, point to multipoint, and multipoint Ethernet coverage to China’s largest business centers of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, with the option of either PoP-to-PoP or end-to-end service guarantees.

James Walker, Tata Communications’ Vice President for Global VPN Services, sees the service’s launch as a milestone.

"With the extension of coverage into China, Tata Communications is no longer just the leader in global Ethernet services– we ace the competition in Asia Pacific too. China is the world’s fastest growing trading nation and combined with our deep coverage in India, Tata Communications is providing Ethernet coverage into two of the most dynamic economies in the world and onwards to all major business locations in 31 countries. We are pleased that our suite of advanced connectivity solutions will play a pivotal role in the continued growth of China and India," said Walker.

Ms. Sun Yinghong, China Enterprise Communication’s Chief Operating Officer of CEC, said, "This partnership allows us to build on our extensive network reach to link even more Chinese MNCs to the world through superior Ethernet services. Innovative solutions go further with meaningful alliances, and we have greatly benefited from our collaboration with Tata Communications."

Tata Communications’ Ethernet service portfolio has points of presence in the US, Canada, 13 European countries, Russia, Qatar, UAE, South Africa, and now 12 countries in Asia Pacific, with new locations being added regularly.

23 Sep 2009 John Manock
140 Afghan Fiber Network Provides Access to International Cables

Afghan Telecom (AT), Afghanistan’s first long distance domestic private leased circuit and international private leased circuit provider through optical fiber cable, has announced a significant agreement with Roshan to sell the transmission capacity of its national fiber optic backbone ring network. The network, constructed by AT, will complement Roshan’s existing infrastructure, enabling Roshan to ensure the redundancy of its network and provide additional capacity for its growing number of subscribers.

23 Sep 2009 John Manock
141 Nigeria’s Phase3 Signs Deal with Benin

Nigerian carrier Phase3 Telecom, has signed an agreement with the Republic of Benin to extend its fiber optic cable network across West Africa.

16 Sep 2009 John Manock
142 Neotel Gearing for Growth

Neotel has officially moved its head office in Gauteng. The Neotel Midrand Campus is situated at Old Pretoria Road, Midrand.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
143 Telefonica, China Unicom Announced Strategic Alliance

Telefonica and China Unicom have entered into a strategic alliance agreement pursuant to which the parties agreed that they would cooperate in various business areas such as the joint acquisition of infrastructure and equipment for customers, the joint development of wireless service platforms, the joint provision of services to multinational enterprises, roaming, R&D, the sharing of best practices and technical, operational and management expertise, the joint development of a set of strategic initiatives within the framework of network and technology development, as well as establish an exchange program for their managers.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
144 NTT America Announces Second Data Center in Silicon Valley

In response to rapidly growing customer demand for premium data center facilities and services, NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, today announced the addition of a second data center in the Silicon Valley Area of California. This addition expands NTT America’s premium data center space in Silicon Valley by 15,000 square feet.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
145 Telstra Opens UK Data Center

Telstra International, a leading global provider of managed networked solutions, has announced further expansion of its global data center network. The new multi-million pound facility in Woking, United Kingdom, will provide an additional 10,000 square feet of hosting space for Telstra International's customers worldwide. It is due to open in Q4 2009.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
146 Carriers Upgrade Azerbaijan Internet Bandwidth Capacity

Russian carrier TransTelekom (TTK) has announced the completion of a project with Delta Telecom, one of the biggest Internet providers in Azerbaijan, which saw it upgrade the company’s IP bandwidth access to the global Internet to 2.5 Gbps.

10 Sep 2009 John Manock
147 Office Squared Teams Up with Pacnet

Pacnet has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Office Squared, a subsidiary of Servcorp, a world leader in the serviced office industry, to provide Internet-based solutions to tenants at the Singapore-Hangzhou Science and Technology Park.

09 Sep 2009 John Manock
148 Global Crossing Announces Proposed Private Offering

Global Crossing Limited has announced that it intends to offer $650 million of its senior secured notes due 2015 in a private placement to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The purpose of the offering is to refinance Global Crossing's existing term loan facility, to fund the purchase of senior notes issued by GC Impsat Holdings I Plc and to raise capital for general corporate purposes.

08 Sep 2009 John Manock
149 TDM Selects Alcatel-Lucent to Extend Backbone

Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has further strengthened its working relationship with Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM), the Mozambican state-owned telecommunications company, by signing a 21 million Euro contract to deploy the third phase of Mozambique's national transmission network.

08 Sep 2009 John Manock
150 Telstra's Network Nerve Center on Display after 10 Years

A decade after the Global Operations Center first opened its doors, Telstra's networks continue to receive around-the-clock attention thanks to a vision and commitment to technology leadership that are still the industry benchmarks today.

07 Sep 2009 John Manock
151 Telecom Italia Sparkle Adds MIX to Its Reach of Internet Exchanges

Telecom Italia Sparkle, a leading provider of international telecommunication services, and MIX (Milano Internet Exchange), the largest Italian Internet Exchange Point, announced that they have entered into a partnership agreement.

03 Sep 2009 John Manock
152 Verizon Business Expands Cloud Computing Capabilities in Europe

Verizon Business has extended availability of its comprehensive on-demand, "cloud-based" Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution to the company's Amsterdam data center.  The announcement reinforces the company's strategy of expanding cloud-computing deployment resources around the globe to meet the stringent security, performance regulatory requirements of business customers.

02 Sep 2009 John Manock
153 Telstra International Launches Enhanced Suite of Ethernet Services

Telstra International, a global provider of managed network services, has expanded its range of Ethernet Wide Area Network (WAN) services to provide customers with a complete range of Ethernet connectivity options across Asia, Europe and the US. The offering, available throughout 12 countries, will enable multinational companies to expand their international reach and establish scalable connections with regional offices around the world.

01 Sep 2009 John Manock
154 First Direct India-China Terrestrial Cable Completed

Reliance Communications and China Telecom have announced the opening of the first direct terrestrial cable link between the Chinese and Indian domestic markets.

31 Aug 2009 John Manock
155 Nigeria Promote “Fibre Without Borders” Concept

Telecom engineer and current Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria’s telecom regulator Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, has advocated the concept of "Fibre Without Borders” (FWB) as panacea for achieving possible African telecom revolution in terms of seamless telecommunications connectivity, quick, and affordable broadband access to the citizenry.

25 Aug 2009 John Manock
156 Southern Africa Looks to Connect Landlocked Countries with Fiber

The Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA) is carrying out a feasibility study to get landlocked countries in the region connected to the East Africa submarine cable.

24 Aug 2009 John Manock
157 Paypal Problem Shows Economic Impact of Outages

It was not related to a submarine cable cut, but a recent outage suffered by Paypal global network demonstrates the financial impact of the loss of Internet access in today’s economy.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
158 Chinese BPO Firm Picks Pacnet

Pacnet has announced that CDP Group, a leading human resource (HR) one-stop solution provider in China, has selected Pacnet to provide business-grade Internet connectivity to support its HR outsourcing services.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
159 Bharti Airtel Unveils New Global Wholesale Service Portfolio

Bharti Airtel has unveiled its Global Wholesale Service Portfolio with a network that will reach 50 countries across the continents of Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Bhart Airtel’s portfolio will enable the global carrier community access to Bharti Airtel’s services to and from any part of the globe. This expanded connectivity has come on the back of investments of over USD 500 million made on building cable capacity, network infrastructure and international Points of Presence.

20 Aug 2009 John Manock
160 Neotel Spreads Its Wings to Southern Africa Region

Neotel, in partnership with fellow South African carrier Infraco, is expanding connectivity into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

19 Aug 2009 John Manock
161 Tinet Further Expands Its Operations in the US

Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group, and the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, has announced further expansion of its operations in North America.

In the last quarter, the company added 25 long haul backbone circuits across the U.S. and opened three additional network Points of Presence (PoPs) in Newark, New Jersey, Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado.

16 Aug 2009 John Manock
162 TTK Strategy Targets Internet

TTK recently announced the preliminary results of its “Development Strategy for 2008-2015.” TTK’s Board of Directors adopted the Strategy in February 2008.

TTK Development Strategy suggested the development of retail broadband Internet access in Russian regions, provision of local and Long Distance Calls telephony and other retail telecommunication services. By 2015, TTK aims to control 17% of Russian regional fixed telecommunications retail market. Plans are to service more than 2 million households.

12 Aug 2009 John Manock
163 Russian Carrier TTK Secures Loan from UniCredit Bank

Russian telecom carrier TransTelekom (TTK) announced it has concluded an agreement with UniCredit Bank CJSC (the Russian branch of UniCredit Group) that approves the provision of a bi-currency loan of US$83 million. Under the terms of the agreement, which is made up of two separate amounts of US$35.5 million and 1.545 billion Russian rubles, TTK has three years to pay back the loan.

TTK is the operator of Russia’s one of the largest fiber-optic networks, including a submarine cable linking the Russian Far East to Japan.

12 Aug 2009 John Manock
164 Russia’s MTS, Telecom Italia Sparkle Establish Direct Connection

Telecom Italia Sparkle, a leading global telecommunication service provider, and Mobile Tele Systems (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, have established a direct connection to be used for international voice traffic.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
165 Company Financial Reports

Companies are releasing their latest quarterly for the period ending June 30.  The following are some of the results for companies involved in the submarine cable industry.

05 Aug 2009 John Manock
166 VNPT opens Internet Data Center in Thanh Hoa

VNPT Thanh Hoa, in cooperation with the Vietnam Data Communications Company (VDC), a unit of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), has officially opened an Internet data center in Thanh Hoa province.

03 Aug 2009 John Manock
167 TM, CPCNet Boost International Connectivity between Malaysia and China

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) recently signed a business partnership agreement with CPCNet Hong Kong Limited (CPCNet), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC 1616 Holding Limited to provide CPCNet with managed ICT services including Multi Protocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN), Metro-E and Managed Customer Premise Equipment (CPE).

03 Aug 2009 John Manock
168 Telstra, Nortel Announce “World-First” Trials

Telstra and Nortel have successfully completed world-first trials of next generation 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps transmission over the longest distances ever attempted.

A continuous 2,038-kilometer fiber optic link between Adelaide and Sydney was used for the 100 Gbps trial, while the 40 Gbps trial took place over 3,370 kilometers on a looped-back section of the Sydney to Adelaide route. Both trials used Nortel optical technology on existing Telstra fiber.

03 Aug 2009 John Manock
169 Akamai Announces First Quarter 2009 State of The Internet Report

Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, has announced the release of the first quarter 2009 edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report available for download at www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet.  Leveraging information gathered from its network and published reports, Akamai's quarterly report provides insight into key Internet statistics such as origin of attack traffic, network and Web site outages and Internet connectivity levels across the globe.

30 Jul 2009 John Manock
170 Global Crossing Extends European Strategy with New Amsterdam Data Center
Global Crossing has announced the opening of its Amsterdam data center. The newly constructed data center, which already houses clients such as Dimension Data, provides virtual hosting solutions as well as hosted managed services.
27 Jul 2009
171 Hibernia Atlantic Picks Fort George for Telehouse
Hibernia Atlantic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation, has announced that it has proposed to build the Project Kelvin telehouse in Fort George, Londonderry.
27 Jul 2009
172 East African Venture Offers Seamless Connectivity
Kenya Data Networks and her sister company in Uganda, Infocom, can now boast of seamless connectivity between Mombasa, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda.
21 Jul 2009
173 AT&T and TDC Build Alliance in Nordics

AT&T and Denmark’s TDC have announced an agreement to jointly develop and deploy global service bundles and networking solutions for multinational companies, either headquartered or doing business in the Nordics, a region considered to be among the most technologically advanced and competitive in the world.

01 Jul 2009
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1 Subsea Cable UK changes name to reflect expanded focus

UK-based trade organization Subsea Cable UK has become the European Subsea Cables Association (ESCA) in a move to reflect its broader membership and scope.

The organization made the announcement following its annual meeting.  ECSA noted that almost half of the members of Subsea Cable UK were non-UK and that its scope had moved beyond UK waters to encompass European waters and beyond.

The principal goal of ESCA is the promotion of marine safety, safeguarding of subsea cables from man-made and natural hazards and protecting the rights of operators to install and maintain cables.

For more information, go to the organization’s new website is at http://www.escaeu.org/

23 Mar 2016 John Manock
2 Caribbean cable outage barely noted

An outage on a submarine fiber optic cable system serving the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota made considerable headline last month.  Being the only cable serving the islands, the outage completely severed their landline telephone and Internet connections for several days and communications remained limited for weeks until the cable was repaired.

By contrast, a cable outage in the Caribbean was barely noted in the press.  The unidentified cable was damaged by the eruption of the colorfully-named Kick‘em Jenny undersea volcano near the island of Grenada.  The lack of coverage was likely due to the fact that Grenada is served by other cables and the outage did not appear to significantly disrupt traffic.

Trinidad telecom operator TSTT issued a statement on July 24 reporting the outage and warning that Trinidad’s Internet users might experience slow download speeds, followed by another statement on August 6 reporting that the cable was repaired two days earlier.  We could not find any other announcements about the outage.

Everyone in the submarine cable industry recognizes the value of redundancy.  The events in the Marianas and Caribbean once again demonstrates that value.

16 Aug 2015 John Manock
3 Truth really can be stranger than fiction

The submarine cable industry has seen its share of strange happenings over the years, but an event last month at a beach in Rhode Island has to rank near the top.

On July 11, an explosion occurred at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island, that was powerful enough to throw one beachgoer 10 feet into the air and suffer broken bones.  The next two weeks saw an investigation that sounded like a detective story, except that the resolution was considered by most to be anti-climactic.  We in the submarine cable industry may disagree. 

While the immediate assumption was an explosive device or fireworks (it was only a week after the Fourth of July), these causes were quickly ruled out, as were possibilities such as gas pipelines or seismic events.

At this point, with investigators running out of ideas, experts from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School Of Oceanography (URI GSO) were brought in, led by Dr. Arthur Spivack, an oceanographer with expertise in geo-chemistry. 

The investigators’ only clue was an unusually high concentration of hydrogen gas in the sand near the explosion.  As their attention turned to where the gas could be coming from, they located a cable buried under the sand. 

The cable in question ran from a USCG station, across the beach, and then undersea to the end of a stone jetty, were it once powered a navigational beacon.  When power for the beacon was shifted to solar in 2007, the cable was “de-energized,” but remained under the sand at the beach.

After his investigation, Dr. Spivak reported that it was very likely the incident was caused by the combustion of a build-up of hydrogen gas in the beach sand, due to the corrosion of the cable.

The remains of the cable have been removed and the injured person is recovering.  The beach has been declared safe and re-opened to the public.  The governor of Rhode Island recognized the contribution of the URI GSO and thanked them for them efforts. 

Recently, the International Cable Protection Committee released a study proving as myth the popular media’s obsession with sharks eating submarine cables.  The beach explosion proves that reality sometimes can be even more bizarre than the media’s imagination.

11 Aug 2015 John Manock
4 Timeline for CNMI outage

The outage on the only cable serving the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) has caused to a serious disruption, not only to telecom and Internet services, but to the economy as well.  Everything from ATM transactions to airline flights have been affected.  The following is a timeline of the incident.

July 8: IT&E owner and operator of the only cable serving the CNMI, reported the cable outage.  All phone and Internet services to the islands of Saipan, Rota and Tinian were cut.

July 8: Docomo Pacific, which uses the IT&E cable, reported that its telephone and Internet services were out, although television services remained operational

July 9: Docomo Pacific reported that as of 1:30pm local time, voice and SMS services were restored on Saipan.  Mobile data and Internet services remained out on Saipan and all services were out on Rota and Tinian.

July 10: Divers attempt to locate the point of failure off Tinian, but are hampered by rough seas and the depth of the water.

July 12: IT&E reported that the activation of a microwave backup link allowed some improvement in services on Saipan.’

July 14: IT&E reported that the activation of an additional microwave backup link has improved services, but that they are still slow.

July 16: Government of CNMI declares a “State of Significant Emergency”

July 16: IT&E reported that a cable ship would arrive on July 22

July 22: IT&E said that rough weather had delayed the ship and it would arrive instead on July 23

July 23: TE SubCom cable ship Durable reaches Saipan

July 24: Durable locates cable and begins repair work

July 27: Estimated completion date for repairs

26 Jul 2015 John Manock
5 VIDEO: Launch of the Cable Ship Maram

E-Marine recently announced plans for expansion of its cable fleet, beginning with the launching of the cable ship Maram.  The company also posted a video of the launch at http://www.emarine.ae/en/?p=2323.

30 Mar 2015 John Manock
6 Companies developing small vessel tracking technology

A frequent comment heard at the ICPC plenary session held in Dubai last month was the potential for AIS technology in cable protection.  One problem with AIS is that small fishing boats are not likely to have the equipment on board to allow them to be tracked. 

Now, two companies, exactEarth and SRT have announced plans to develop and commercialise technology that will for the first time enable low power AIS transceivers of the types being deployed on small commercial and leisure vessels worldwide to be tracked from space, thereby enabling global tracking.

AIS is a VHF technology primarily optimised and designed for high intensity terrestrial-based tracking with reliable range typically limited to approximately 50 nautical miles. High powered Class A type transceivers are able to be tracked globally by the existing exactEarth AIS satellite network, however due to a variety of complex reasons, transmissions from standard Class B and Identifier type devices cannot currently be reliably tracked from space. Since May 2013 last year, exactEarth and SRT have pooled their capabilities to develop a new technology called ABSEA™ which, when embedded within standard low powered AIS transceivers, enables their transmissions to be received by exactEarth satellites. This enables wide area extended tracking capability of small vessels fitted with ABSEA enabled transceivers and the provision of valuable supplementary AIS tracking data to existing terrestrial networks with incomplete and or standard coverage limits.

Under the terms of the agreement, SRT and exactEarth jointly own the ABSEA technology and will co-operate to commercialize the tracking data. SRT will receive a share of the revenues generated from data sales. The first ABSEA enabled products are expected to be deployed later this year.

Momentum for AIS tracking of fishing boats is building, more to halt illegal fishing than to protect submarine cables.  The World Wildlife Fund recently called for AIS tracking of all fishing boats as a measure to deal with illegal fishing. 

15 Apr 2014 John Manock
7 Cable Ship Leon Thevenin

A nice article, with tons of pictures, was posted recently on the IT News Africa website about the cable ship Leon Thevenin.  The article was the result of a tour given to journalists while the ship was docked in Cape Town, South Africa.  It describes the ship and its equipment, including the ROV Hector 5.  Check it out at http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2014/04/in-pictures-this-is-what-makes-africas-internet-possible/

 

15 Apr 2014 John Manock
8 Status of cable outages

The following is the latest status on submarine fiber optic cable outages throughout the world.

11 Apr 2011 John Manock
9 E-Marine Signs Major Maintenance Agreement

E-Marine has announced a maintenance and storage agreement with the East African Submarine System (EASSy), a fiber-optic cable that will greatly improve access to high-performance Internet, business and mobile-phone data services in twenty-one African nations.

02 Aug 2010 John Manock
10 OMM Secures Former Cable Factory as Storage Facility

Subsea service specialist Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has secured the former AEI Cables site in Kent from its landowners, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), for the establishment of a new cable storage, cable plant and key component spares that will act as an industry operational base.

01 Aug 2010 John Manock
11 Hawaiian Cable Suffers Fault

A fault on a submarine fiber optic cable in Hawaii caused loss of Internet, phone and cable television services on some islands for up to 12 hours.  Although service has been restored using other cables, it could be five weeks until the cable is repaired and the cause of the fault is determined.

29 Jul 2010 John Manock
12 Global Marine Systems Launches Predator Inspection Class ROV

Global Marine Systems is launching ‘Predator,’ a new Inspection class ROV, at HydroVision International (27th-30th July 2010), in Charlotte, North Carolina.

27 Jul 2010 John Manock
13 OMM Secures BorWin1 Contract from transpower

German grid operator transpower stromübertragungs gmbh has awarded subsea cable specialist Offshore Marine Management (OMM) the contract to install the HVAC cables connecting the Bard Offshore 1 and BorWin alpha platforms for the BorWin1 project.

26 Jul 2010 John Manock
14 SEACOM Repairs Completed

SEACOM has announced that all repairs to its East African submarine fiber optic cable have been successfully completed.

25 Jul 2010 John Manock
15 Guard Vessel in Operation on Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm

A guard vessel is now in operation on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm to ensure the safety of marine traffic around the foundation installation sites and along the export cable corridor.

19 Jul 2010 John Manock
16 SEACOM Repair Update

During the course of last week, SEACOM, owner of the East Africa submarine cable system that suffered a failure on July 3 reportedly due to a faulty repeater, has continued to work closely with its partners to roll-out the repair work program and restoration alternatives necessary to maintain adequate connectivity during this process.

18 Jul 2010 John Manock
17 Impact of SEACOM Fault Being Felt in East Africa

As the SEACOM fault enters its second week, the impact on Internet services in East Africa is becoming to become apparent.  Various reports coming out of countries impacted by the outage indicate that those carriers and Internet service providers (ISP) that had invested in backup capacity have come through the outage fairly well.

13 Jul 2010 John Manock
18 OMM Commissions Unique O&M Vessel

Subsea service specialist, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has instructed independent marine design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee to design a unique operation and maintenance vessel for the next phase of offshore wind farm development.

12 Jul 2010 John Manock
19 SEACOM Fault Update

SEACOM's technical team has identified the exact location of the fault that occurred on July 5 and the company reports that the repair process has been fully mobilized. The faulty section of the cable is at one of the deepest points along its route, some 4,700m deep. This may require for robotics to be deployed to locate and retrieve the cable for repairs to be undertaken on board the specialized repair ship before replacing the cable back on the ocean floor.

11 Jul 2010 John Manock
20 SEACOM Down, Company Secures New Restoration Options

At 09:19 GMT, 5 July 2010, SEACOM experienced a submarine failure resulting in service downtime between Mumbai and Mombasa. Current investigations indicate that a repeater has failed on segment 9 of the SEACOM cable, which is offshore to the north of Mombasa. This unexpected failure affects traffic towards both India and Europe. Traffic within Africa is not affected.

07 Jul 2010 John Manock
21 Blue, Caley Announce Installation System for Offshore Applications

Blue Offshore and Caley Ocean Systems have announced the commencement of the design of an innovative cable installation system for delivery by the spring of 2011. The system features a unique flexible modular basket carousel, which enables the carousel to have variable carrying capacities to suit the project requirements. The flexibility and modularity of the system will reduce costs and risks to customers through shorter mobilization and demobilization periods, flexible cable loading schedules and allows for increased choice in cable installation methodologies.

01 Jul 2010 John Manock
22 Global Marine Systems Expands Power Cable Installation Capability

Global Marine Systems (GMS) has announced the availability of its new 7,000 ton turntable, specifically designed to handle the longer distances and greater weights required by the latest round of offshore wind farm projects. The purpose-built turntable has been mobilized on the AMT Explorer and is the latest example of how the 160 year old company continues to ramp up its investment in and commitment to the European offshore energy market.

28 Jun 2010 John Manock
23 NorGer Uses Offshore Marine for Cable Consultancy Role

NorGer KS, the company behind the first planned Norway-Germany interconnector, is working in partnership with UK-based subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) as its offshore cable consultancy, having appointed them late last year. NorGer KS is owned equally by the Norwegian energy utilities Agder Energi AS and Lyse Produksjon AS and the Swiss company Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Laufenburg (AG) and was established to plan, construct and operate a 600 kilometer high voltage DC connection between Norway and Germany.

28 Jun 2010 John Manock
24 New Business Development Manager for Offshore Marine

John Van Kuyk, a business development manager with more than 25 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, has been brought in as the new Business Development Manager with subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management.

21 Jun 2010 John Manock
25 Global Marine Systems Receives Award for Safety

Global Marine Systems, the largest independent provider of submarine cable installation, maintenance and related engineering services worldwide, has been awarded a gold award for the seventh consecutive year by The Royal Society of Prevention for Accidents (RoSPA). The Gold Award reflects Global Marine’s commitment to delivering strong occupational health and safety management systems across its business in line with guidance given by both the HSE’s ‘Successful Health and Safety Management’ and the BSI’s ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.’

09 Jun 2010 John Manock
26 OMM Supplies Guard Vessels for Major European Projects

Subsea cable specialists, Offshore Marine Management (OMM), has supplied guard vessels for some of Europe’s largest subsea cable projects and sees the business as a natural fit with its portfolio of cabling and personnel activities.

01 Jun 2010 John Manock
27 Alcatel-Lucent Wins Maintenance Contract for Main One

Alcatel-Lucent and Main One Cable Company Limited, owner of a new cable on the West Coast of Africa, have signed a maintenance contract for the Phase 1 of the Main One cable system, an open access submarine cable network aiming to contribute to enhance African and international connectivity.

27 May 2010 John Manock
28 OMM Awarded Contracts for Barrow and Burbo Bank

BOWind has awarded the survey inspection and remedial works contract for the Barrow Offshore Wind Farm export cable to subsea cable specialists Offshore Marine Management (OMM). OMM has also been awarded the cable survey contract for Burbo Bank by developer DONG Energy.

24 May 2010 John Manock
29 WIND Begins Recovery of SAT-1

WIND, formerly Jan Wind Shipping, has announced that it has recovered the first 800 kilometers of the decommissioned SAT-1 submarine cable.  After a trial trip in December, one of WIND’s ships, the M.V. Lida, returned to Cape Town earlier this month with the recovered submarine cable.

20 May 2010 John Manock
30 SEA-ME-WE-3 Fault Under Repair

The consortium that owns and operates the SEA-ME-WE-3 submarine fiber optic cable system is working to repair a fault in the Indian Ocean.

13 May 2010 John Manock
31 Gateway Stays Connected During Recent Outage

Gateway Communications, the leading supplier of African telecommunications services, announced that it was the only carrier using the SEACOM submarine fiber optic cable to remain operational in many East and Southern African countries during the repair of the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable in the Mediterranean.

06 May 2010 John Manock
32 SEA-ME-WE-4 Repairs Completed

Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has reported that repairs to the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable system have been completed and that Internet traffic across the region is being restored to normal levels.

02 May 2010 John Manock
33 TM Reports on SEA-ME-WE-4 Repairs

Telekom Malaysia (TM), a member of the SEA-ME-WE-4 consortium, has reported that it is experiencing some disruptions due to the fault on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine fiber optic cable.

29 Apr 2010 John Manock
34 SEA-ME-WE-4 Outage Impacts SEACOM

East African submarine cable operator SEACOM reported that it experienced an interruption in its service on 14 April 2010 which lasted around seven minutes as a result of a fault on the Mediterranean section of the SEA-ME-WE44 submarine cable system, which SEACOM currently utilizes to connect to London.

27 Apr 2010 John Manock
35 IEEE Calls for Global Backup Network

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is calling for a backup system to protect the global submarine fiber optic cable network to reduce the risk of catastrophic outages.

25 Apr 2010 John Manock
36 SEA-ME-WE-4 Disruption Hits Qatar

The IEEE report described above comes at a time when a fault on SEA-ME-WE-4 is disruption traffic in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean regions.

25 Apr 2010 John Manock
37 SEA-ME-WE-4 Likely to Be Fixed by April 27

Etisalat has released a statement on the status of repairs to international submarine fiber optic cable SEA-ME-WE-4, which is out of service after suffering a fault between Palermo, Italy, and Alexandria, Egypt.

21 Apr 2010 John Manock
38 SEA-ME-WE-4 Suffers Fault in Mediterranean

The SEAMEWE-4 consortium has announced that their submarine cable system has suffered a fault near Italy on 14th April 2010. The fault requires to be repaired urgently. The Consortium has planned to carry out the repair operation of the faulty segment on priority and the cable repair ship has been mobilized for this purpose.

18 Apr 2010 John Manock
39 C/S Nexans Skagerrak Ready to Put to Sea After Upgrade

Nexans has further extended the subsea cable laying capabilities of the cable ship Nexans Skagerrak, already one of the world’s most advanced cable ships, following the successful completion of a major conversion and upgrading project. It will put to sea shortly from the Cammell Laird Shiprepairers and Shipbuilders Limited dockyard in Birkenhead, England where the 8 million euro, two-month, fast track contract was carried out.

25 Mar 2010 John Manock
40 New Service Launched to Protect Cables

Infoterra has launched AssetMonitor™, a new submarine asset protection service aimed at helping to protect valuable underwater assets – such as electricity and telecom cables and oil and gas pipelines – from accidental damage by anchors and fishing activity. The company is also pleased to announce that Guernsey and Jersey Electricity’s Channel Islands Electricity Grid (CIEG) has become the first organization to deploy AssetMonitor, and will use it to protect the two 90,000 Volt submarine cables that supply power and fiber optic communications from France to Jersey and on to Guernsey.

18 Mar 2010 John Manock
41 Tyco Telecom Renamed TE SubCom

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that it is now operating under a new corporate name: Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom). TE SubCom will continue to deliver the same reliable, high-quality, undersea communications solutions, maintaining a leading position in the industry just as it has done for more than five decades.

15 Mar 2010 John Manock
42 Several Cables Damaged by Taiwan Earthquake

A major earthquake in Taiwan on March 4 damaged several submarine cable systems and disrupted Internet services on the island.  Unlike previous disruptions caused by earthquakes in Taiwan, however, services were restored quickly.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
43 Four Cables Damaged by Taiwan Earthquake

A major earthquake in Taiwan on March 4 damaged several submarine cable systems and disrupted Internet services on the island.  Unlike previous disruptions caused by earthquakes in Taiwan, however, services were restored quickly.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
44 SAT-3 Repaired

Vodafone Ghana, in collaboration with members of the SAT-3 submarine cable consortium, has successfully repaired a shunt fault on its cable that led to the loss of Internet service countrywide for about two weeks.

Millicent Yawa Atsu, Manager, Technology, Vodafone Ghana, described the situation to journalists recently in Accra during a tour of the network operation center of the SAT 3/WASC/SAFE at Vodafone’s Accra High Street branch.

The cable ship Chamarel, based in South Africa, undertook the repair.

The shunt fault forced Vodafone Ghana to re-route its traffic on other branches of SAT-3 landing in Cote d’Ivoire South Africa and from there to Europe, thus causing the delays that users in Ghana have been experiencing. 

“Were it not for the cable that connected Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa, Ghana would have been completely been in an Internet black out,” Mrs. Atsu said.

Voice traffic was restored using satellite backup.

“Vodafone Ghana was able to provide its voice services courtesy of its Kuntunse Earth Station, which readily provided a competent backup,” Mrs. Atsu indicated.

16 Feb 2010 John Manock
45 Telkom South Africa Reports SAT-3 Outage

West African submarine cable SAT-3 has suffered a failure off the coast of Nigeria that is impacting customers of Telkom South Africa.

03 Feb 2010 John Manock
46 EGS Expands to the Americas Region

In response to customer demand, the EGS Survey Group, worldwide leaders in the field of marine survey, are pleased to announce their expansion into the Americas region with the establishment of EGS Americas, Inc.

17 Jan 2010 John Manock
47 OSI Expands to Serve the Asia Pacific Region

Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) and Pierre Tremblay of Aletheia Subsea Consulting Pte Ltd are pleased to announce the creation of the OSI Asia Pacific regional headquarters to be located in Singapore.

17 Jan 2010 John Manock
48 Apollo Joins Alcatel Private Maintenance Agreement

Apollo SCS-Ltd has announced its entry and participation in the Alcatel Private Maintenance Agreement. This Agreement ensures that in the event of any subsea damage the Apollo Submarine Cable System will be repaired by one of the World's leading Cable Fleets. The Agreement guarantees the availability of ships dedicated to the repair of cables in the unfortunate event of a cable failure.

14 Jan 2010 John Manock
49 International Effort to Protect Cables in Straits of Malacca

The Indonesian Directorate General of Sea Transportation, the Marine Department of Malaysia and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore are working together to protect submarine fiber optic cables in the Strait of Malacca and off Singapore following a series of incidents.  The three government agencies are reminding mariners of the rules for anchoring in the region and have reported their concerns to the International Maritime Organization.

12 Jan 2010 John Manock
50 Australia to Review Submarine Cable Regulation

Australia’s telecommunications regulator, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) plans to review its regulations on the protection of submarine cables in Australian waters.

10 Jan 2010 John Manock
51 Jerry Neely Joins Ocean Specialists, Inc.

Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) has announced the addition of Jerry Neely as Senior Project Manager.  In his new role, Jerry is the Project Manager and the primary technical consultant for the development and fabrication of a deep water Ocean Observing System featuring a fiber optic seabed backbone and several powered instrumentation nodes.

14 Dec 2009 John Manock
52 OMO Completes Philippines Project

Optic Marine Offshore International Limited (OMO) has successfully completed a shore-end submarine cable laying and burial project, spanning approximately 7 kilometers in the Philippines.  The submarine fiber optic network that is designed to carry international and domestic voice and data traffic to most of major cities in Philippines was completed ahead of schedule.

07 Dec 2009 John Manock
53 Tyco Telecommunications Deploys New Shore-End Plow

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer and leader in undersea communications technology, has announced it successfully deployed a new, top-of-the-line shore-end plow in a recent cable landing operation. The plow, which enables continuity of burial from beach to deep water, provides enhanced efficiency and shallow water burial capability without the need for manual diver jet burial.

01 Dec 2009 John Manock
54 Perry Wright joins Ocean Specialists, Inc.

Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) has announced the addition of Perry Wright as Director of Integrated Subsea Systems.  In his new role, Perry will expand OSI’s capability to support oil and gas and telecom customers in the development of undersea fiber optic networks worldwide. Perry will focus on further developing the challenging areas of in-field fiber connection system design and planning, including the development of subsea field networks.

03 Nov 2009 John Manock
55 E-Marine Secures Another Submarine Cable Maintenance Contract

E-Marine, the Persian Gulf region’s leader in submarine cable deployment, maintenance and repair, has announced it has been selected to maintain the 5,000-km submarine cable system between the UAE and Kenya. This cable route is providing Kenya and bordering countries access to international voice and data connectivity. This will also bring affordable high-speed Internet access to the East African Countries, which is critically important for the future development of national economies on the continent.

02 Nov 2009 John Manock
56 Cable Repairs in Malaysian Waters

The Malaysian government reports that a number of cable repair and maintenance operations will be taking place this month in Malaysian waters.

15 Oct 2009 John Manock
57 American Samoa Cable Survives Tsunami

We noted last week unofficial reports that the American Samoa Hawaii (ASH) cable remained operational throughout the devastating tsunami that hit the islands of Samoa and American Samoa.  This has now been confirmed by ASH-Cable, the company that operates the system.

06 Oct 2009 John Manock
58 Repairs to Typhoon Morakot Damage to Be Completed Soon

The submarine cables that were damaged by Typhoon Marakot in August are expected to be fully repaired this month, according to an executive of China Telecom. Access to websites based in the United States and some Asian countries stopped or slowed in the middle of August for many Chinese Internet users, after the typhoon hit Taiwan on August 9, causing undersea landslides which knocked out numerous cables.

05 Oct 2009 John Manock
59 Tyco Telecommunications Launches New Corporate Website

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, today is pleased to announce the launch of its new corporate website at www.tycotelecom.com.  The new site provides an interactive and enlightening view of the capabilities, solutions and processes that have enabled the company to deliver the most reliable, highest-quality undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Comprehensive and visually appealing, www.tycotelecom.com serves as a resource for both seasoned industry veterans and newcomers seeking information for potential new projects.

24 Sep 2009 John Manock
60 Tender for Marine Survey Released

Scottish and Southern Energy plc has released a tender for a full marine survey and design works for a submarine power cable connecting the Shetland Islands to mainland Scotland.

22 Sep 2009 John Manock
61 Cable Cut Reportedly Impacts Colt Telecom

There have been numerous reports from blogs and customer forums that European carrier Colt Telecom has suffered a major disruption of services due to a submarine cable cut in the English Channel.

10 Sep 2009 John Manock
62 OMM Awarded Guard Vessel Contract

Marine solutions company Offshore Marine Management (OMM) is undertaking guard vessel provision, coordination and project management services under its awarded contract for the BorWin1 power cable by Transpower Offshore (formerly E.ON Netz Offshore GmbH) from Germany.

07 Sep 2009 John Manock
63 Details of Australian Submarine Cable Relocation

The Port of Melbourne, Australia has recently concluded a channel deepening project that included the relocation of two of Telstra’s submarine fiber optic communications cables.

27 Aug 2009 John Manock
64 Chunghwa Says Services Back to Normal

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) said that since Taiwan's multiple undersea cable outages occurring from August 9 to 13 as a result of a typhoon, all international voice communications have resumed to normal levels after CHT's adopting urgent backup measures as well as coordinating with its overseas telecom partners to divert traffic.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
65 Earthquakes Cause More Outages in the Pacific

A series of earthquakes in the ocean between Japan and Taiwan may be responsible for more cable outages.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
66 African Cable System Repaired

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is reporting that West African submarine cable system SAT-3 has been repaired.

21 Aug 2009 John Manock
67 One User Says Planning Pays Off in Mitigating Cable Outages

While carriers struggle to restore full services on submarine cables in Southeast Asia, some large end users are hardly affected by the disruption. 

Open Access Marketing (OAM), a global business process outsourcing company, said that thanks to its preparation, its services, which are entirely dependent on Internet access, were not affected.

17 Aug 2009 John Manock
68 Other Typhoon Related Problems Off Taiwan

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom reported last week that the China-US Cable Network (CUCN) suffered an outage on August 13 (see TSA Submarine Cable NewsFeed for August 14). 

Chunghwa is now reporting that segments of many regional submarine cable systems suffered outages during the period of August 9-12.  The cable systems identified by Chunghwa include: SEA-ME-WE-3, APCN, APCN-2, EAC/C2C, and FNAL/RNAL.

17 Aug 2009 John Manock
69 EAC Outage Detailed

In a report from Pacnet’s help desk, the company has detailed the damage done to its EAC submarine cable system.  Typhoon Morakot, which hit Southeast Asia recently, is believed to be the cause of the damage.

The Pacnet report states the following:

17 Aug 2009 John Manock
70 Cable Outages Causing Further Disruptions in Southeast Asia

A series of submarine cable outages have occurred across Southeast Asia.  As we reported yesterday, APCN-2 has suffered two faults, but this was only one of several problems. 

 

Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) is now reporting that the China-US Cable Network (CUCN) experienced an outage at 1:35 AM (local time) on August 13. A company statement said that this followed the multiple cable breakdowns on August 12 offshore the southeastern part of Taiwan.

14 Aug 2009 John Manock
71 APCN-2 Cut by Typhoon

Typhoon Morakot, which hit Southeast Asia over the weekend, is apparently responsible for a fault on APCN-2 that is reportedly impacting the quality of Internet services in the region. 

According to Telekom Malaysia (TM), APCN-2 has suffered a fault on segment 7, between Shantou, China, and Tanshui, Taiwan.  TM said it has traced the outage to the typhoon.

13 Aug 2009 John Manock
72 OMM Completes Global Marine Systems Ltd Contract
Offshore Marine Management (OMM), a marine solutions company, has completed the Pre-Lay Grapnel Run contract for the BorWin1 cable for Global Marine Systems Ltd.
21 Jul 2009
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1 OPALCO video describes submarine power cable project

OPALCO, a power utility serving the San Juan Islands of Washington State, plans to replace an old power cable between two of the islands.  The utility has produced an interesting video to describe the project.  Note the footage at the end describing the installation of a cable back in the 1950s.  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT-fj-_ha_Y.  

27 Oct 2015 John Manock
2 NKT bullish on offshore wind cable market

Submarine power cable manufacturers are bullish on the market’s potential in the offshore wind sector.  Earlier this year, executives from Prysmian and Nexans gave their views on the submarine power cable market.  Now has NKT made its own forecast.

As reported by Reuters, NKT CEO Michael Hedegaard Lyng and Oliver Schlodder, executive vice president for Strategy & Specialties, presented the company's strategy to investors late last month.  They stated that they expect market volumes to grow on average by some 28 percent per year from 2016 to 2020.  This appears to be in line with the earlier Prysmian and Nexans projections. 

Lyng also reported that NKT could expand its manufacturing capacity by 45% with a $37 million investment.  Unlike Prysmian and Nexans, which have increased their manufacturing capacity, Lyng said that the increased investment “is not just yet around the corner for us.” 

NKT currently holds about 20% of the offshore wind cabling market, which accounts for 18% of its sales. 

Back in April, Nexans forecast a 10% annual growth for the overall submarine power cable market.  This is probably in line with NKT’s forecast as the offshore wind market is growing faster than other market segments.  Also in April, Prysmian forecast a 14%-20% overall market growth in 2015 over the previous year.  

14 Oct 2015 John Manock
3 Submarine power cable market surges ahead in 2015

“At the mid-way point of 2015, the submarine power cable market continued to reach unprecedented heights.”

That is one of the findings of TSC’s June 2015 Radar Screen Report, which provides a review and forecast of the submarine fiber optic and power cable market.

Based on route-kilometers of cable of announced supply contracts, demand for the first half of 2015 was at a record pace as the interconnector and offshore winds markets continued to soar.  The total route-kilometers contractedbetween January and June was 70% higher than cable lain during the same time period in 2014.  A record setter in its own right.  The interconnector market, particularly in Europe, could have a huge year in 2015 as technological developments make longer systems possible.

Meanwhile, the offshore wind market is booming in Europe and showed signs of finally breaking out globally, where there were major developments in the US, China, India and elsewhere.

The Radar Screen Fiber Optic Cable Report provides an in-depth overview of the state of the industry and insight to future opportunities over the next five years.  For more information, go to http://www.subcableworld.com/radar-screen-report.

29 Sep 2015 John Manock
4 Nexans sees continued growth in subsea power cable market

A few weeks ago, we noted that Prysmian was forecasting strong growth in the submarine power cable business.  Now Nexans, one of the other leading suppliers to the market, is discussing similarly optimistic forecasts.

According to a Reuters report quoting French daily Le Figaro, Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, Nexans CEO, is expecting the high levels of growth that the market has seen in recent years to continue.

"High-voltage submarine cables are one of our most profitable and fastest-growing activities. We expect 10 percent growth per year in coming years, as we have seen in recent years," Poupart-Lafarge was quoted as saying.

According to the Reuters Africa story (http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5N0XB13H20150414), another Nexans executive quoted in Le Figaro said Nexans plans to increase its submarine power cable manufacturing capacity with a 35 million euro investment.

At Submarine Cable World, we track growth in terms of demand for cable in route-kilometers, based on new contract announcements.  Using that metric, the market thus far in 2015 is running 13% higher than for the same period in 2014.  

23 Apr 2015 John Manock
5 Prysmian: Submarine Power Cable Market to Grow in 2015

In a recent interview with Reuters, Prysmian energy projects head and board member Massimo Battaini said that the submarine power cable market would grow, in terms of dollars of new contracts, by 14%-to-20% in 2015 over 2014. 

At SubCableWorld, we forecast the market based on kilometers of cable in new contracts as reported in our NewsFeed and Radar Screen Report.  Based on this, we are seeing higher growth so far in 2015 than Prysmian’s forecast.  If the pace continues as it was in the first quarter of the year, the demand for new submarine power cable in 2015 will be 33% higher than in 2014. 

This is not likely, however, as the first quarter included the award for Nordlink, which at 700 kilometers would be the longest submarine power cable to date.  As contracts of that size (representing well over half of the entire amount of cable awarded for the quarter) are not common, 2015’s full-year growth in terms of kilometers of cable is unlikely to continue at the 33% pace and will more likely be in the 20%-to-25% range. 

Regardless of the criteria, by any standard the submarine power cable market is booming, with Battaini telling Reuters that Prysmian currently is in the running for 13 new projects in Europe alone.  With the contracts already awarded in the first quarter, this would equal the total number of contract awards announced in 2014, without including any upcoming awards outside of Europe.

03 Apr 2015 John Manock
6 Prysmian in Copenhagen for EWEA Offshore 2015

Prysmian Group will showcase its state-of-the-art range of products and services for the wind power industry at the 2015 biannual European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) Offshore Event, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 10 to 12.

Long-term growth perspectives in the renewable sector and business development strategy have taken the Group to further strengthen commitment to this strategic and added-value market. Prysmian, therefore, will be present with an enlarged portfolio of products and services. This will include AC and DC power transmission submarine cable systems and advanced turbine cabling solutions with high resistance to abrasion, UV radiations, corrosion, bending and torsion stress for increased efficiency, reliability and safety, specifically designed to meet highly demanding conditions of plants and installation areas. The company will also show its new Feltoflex HV cable system for moveable interconnection between platforms.

Special focus will also be dedicated to the Group's portfolio of EPR (ethylene-propylene rubber) cable solutions for inter-array applications. For inter-array connections at 66 kV voltage level Prysmian offers its EPR insulated 3-core submarine cables, which are a proven, reliable and cost effective solution. Proven, because the product's track record dates back to the early 70s, reliable because products are fully qualified up to Um 72.5 kV according to all major international standards, cost-effective because the proposed solution is wet design, therefore lead free, lighter and smaller cables.

The Group's commitment to supporting the realization of strategic projects for the development of renewable energy and offshore wind farms is also reflected in recent enhancements of its installation capability. Prysmian has invested more than € 30 million in the past few years to upgrade its cable-laying ship the Cable Enterprise which is almost ready to start work. Prysmian can now rely on two cable-laying vessels: the Giulio Verne, the cable ship with the largest operation capacity in the world, and the Cable Enterprise specifically designed for the installation works required for the interconnections on offshore wind parks.

EWEA Offshore 2015 comes at a very important time for the Group which has recently announced the successful commissioning and handover of the first and the second HVDC offshore grid connections for the BorWin2 and HelWin1 wind farms in Germany. Another two DC offshore grid connection projects, SylWin1 and HelWin2, are near completion and are scheduled to start commercial operation during the first half of 2015. Prysmian is currently also implementing the HVDC cable systems for the DolWin3 and BorWin3 projects.

10 Mar 2015 John Manock
7 Potential Cable Market for US Offshore Wind

The offshore wind farm market in the United States has been struggling to develop for years, but still has a lot of potential.  Many articles have been written on the number of turbines and gigawatts, but this blog is about the submarine cable industry and what we care about is how much cable could be installed. 

It is way too early in the development cycle for even the developers to be certain of how much cable they will need, but I decided to try to quantify it using the available data.  This is not easy, as there is little data to work with, but by making a few assumptions, I came up with a formula to estimate the potential market for cable represented by US offshore wind.

While there are some initiatives for wind farms in state waters, I focused on those in federal waters, which are much larger areas and have fewer regulatory obstacles.  So far, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has awarded seven lease areas to offshore wind developers (not counting demonstration-scale projects).  These are off the coasts of Rhode Island/Massachusetts (two areas), Massachusetts (two areas), Delaware (one area) and Maryland (two areas). 

First, I took the size of the lease areas and made some assumptions on how much of that territory will actually be used for the wind farms, based on the size of existing European offshore wind farms.  Then I made some estimates on the length of the export cables (connecting the farm with the shore), assuming one export cable per farm, and calculated an average of cable kilometers per square kilometer of wind farm for the array cabling (again based on recent examples in Europe).

The result is 438 kilometers of array cabling and 350 kilometers of export cable.

But this is only half of the picture.  Besides the seven lease areas that have been awarded, another six are in the development process and may be awarded later this year.  These are off New Jersey (two areas), North Carolina (three) and Virginia (one).

Using the same methodology as above, the result is 431 kilometers of array cabling and 300 kilometers of export cable.

This brings us to a total of 869 kilometers of array cabling and 650 kilometers of export cabling – a total of 1,570 kilometers altogether.  Although this a large number in and of itself, it is likely conservative.  I assumed a single export cable, but many recent European offshore wind farms use two export cables for added reliability.  This would double the amount of export cable and bring the total to 2,169 kilometers.

For the submarine power cable market, which has only in the last few years seen annual cable contract awards of over 1,000 kilometers, the US wind farm market, although still fraught with uncertainty, could be large and lucrative for suppliers. 

27 Feb 2015 John Manock
8 Submarine Power Cable Market off to a Strong Start

In our recently published Radar Screen Report for submarine power cables, we noted that demand for cable in 2014 reached new levels as the industry surges ahead.  We also noted in a recent NewsFeed that after such a big year it might take a little time for momentum to rebuild and it took a few weeks for demand in 2015 to get moving.  For the first six weeks of the year, only one 38-kilometer contract was announced.

But then things really picked up in the seventh week.  A large wind farm contract and one of the longest interconnector projects in history pushed the total to over 800 kilometers of cable.  This total, in less than two months, is nearly as much as the entire total for 2013 (986 km). 

The strain of such high demand on manufacturing capacity can be seen as well.  The completion date of the recently-awarded NordLink project has been pushed from 2018 to 2019, because of the limits of the supply chain. 

It is always better, however, to have too much demand than not enough.

15 Feb 2015 John Manock
9 Number of Connected Wind Turbines in Europe Grows

The number of offshore wind turbines connected by submarine power cables to the mainland grid could increase by one-third, according to figures released by European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).

19 Aug 2010 John Manock
10 RasGas Cable Repair Contract Awarded

Five Oceans Services (FOS) has announced that it has been awarded a second contract by RasGas Company Limited in Qatar for the repair of a damaged section of subsea cable between two platforms offshore Qatar.  The contract is a follow up to a 2009 repair successfully completed by FOS for RasGas.  Operations will commence imminently and are part of the RasGas Offshore Expansion Project Phase 1.

17 Aug 2010 John Manock
11 Tender for UK Power Cable

National Grid in Warwick, United Kingdom, is undertaking market research into suppliers of HVDC (high voltage direct current) submarine cable and HVAC (high voltage alternating current) submarine cable and HVDC land cable.

16 Aug 2010 John Manock
12 RWE Innogy Awards Contract for Submarine Cable to ABB

RWE Innogy and ABB have signed a contract for delivery of submarine cable for the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost. In total, ABB will supply around 63 kilometers of cable. They will be used to network the 48 wind turbines of the wind farm with one another and connect them to an offshore transformer station. The undersea cable will be produced by an ABB subsidiary in Sweden. The contract is valued at around EUR 10 million.

10 Aug 2010 John Manock
13 Cables to Be Installed across Canadian Lake

It has been a while since we have reported on cable installations in lakes.  There was a flurry of activity in this market a few years ago, with a number of cables laid across large lakes in the United States and Europe.

10 Aug 2010 John Manock
14 Global Marine Systems Powers Tidal Energy Innovation

Global Marine Systems (GMS) has successfully completed the direct shore end landing and lay of two new power cables at European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site at Eday, Orkney Islands and one new power cable at EMEC’s wave test site at Billia Croo, Orkney Islands.

05 Aug 2010 John Manock
15 Nexans Wins Greek Contract

Nexans has been awarded a Euros 64 million turnkey contract by Greece’s PPC (Public Power Corporation) – the country’s largest electrical power utility – to design, manufacture and install the new high-voltage AC (Alternate Current) power link between Evia and the region of Attika on the mainland. The award, which was announced by PPC in May (see Submarine Cable World NewsFeed for May 24, 2010), will facilitate the development of wind power projects totaling around 400 MW on Evia, the second largest of the Greek islands, by enabling the power they produce to be exported directly into PPC’s national power transmission grid.

03 Aug 2010 John Manock
16 Wave Hub and Cable Prepared for Subsea Installation

The latest stage of South West RDA’s (Regional Development Agency) pioneering Wave Hub project is underway as the hub and its 25km cable are loaded onto a cable laying ship ready for deployment offshore in the next few weeks.

27 Jul 2010 John Manock
17 Nexans Wins Contract for Statnett’s Oslofjord II

Nexans has been awarded a 104 million Euro contract by Statnett, Norway’s national main grid owner and operator, to design, manufacture and install the new Oslofjord II submarine high-voltage power link thus replacing the existing cables installed over 30 years ago which have reached the end of their service-life. The new Nexans cables, which transmission capacity will reach 3,000 MVA, will ensure a high level of continuity and reliability for a power link that plays a vital role both in Norway’s transmission grid and in facilitating the transmission of power between Norway and Sweden.

22 Jul 2010 John Manock
18 Electricity Bridge across the Strait of Messina Approved

Italian electricity grid operator Terna has authorized construction of the last segment of the “Sorgente-Rizziconi” line between the Regions of Sicily and Calabria.

20 Jul 2010 John Manock
19 ABB Wins Order for Offshore Wind Power Connection

ABB has won an order worth around $700 million, from the German transmission grid operator, transpower, to supply an 800-megawatt (MW) power link that will connect more offshore wind farms in the DolWin1cluster, located in the North Sea to the mainland German grid.

19 Jul 2010 John Manock
20 Prysmian Secures Contract from Transpower for Offshore Wind Farm

Prysmian, a leading worldwide player in the energy and telecommunications cables industry, has been awarded a project worth in excess of € 150 million by the German transmission system operator Transpower, a subsidiary of the Dutch grid operator TenneT, for the grid connection project HelWin1 linking two offshore wind farms in the North Sea to mainland Germany.

18 Jul 2010 John Manock
21 Transpower Releases Tender for Power Cable

Transpower Offshore GmbH has released a tender for the supply and deployment of a submarine power cable.  The tender closes on August 12.

15 Jul 2010 John Manock
22 EU Subsidy for Power Cable Finalized

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has approved a subsidy of 100 million euros for the EstLink 2 transmission link. EstLink 2, a joint project by Fingrid and Elering, the electricity transmission system operators in Finland and Estonia, calls for the construction of a new submarine cable between the two countries. The capacity of the new link costing a total of approximately 320 million euros is 650 megawatts, and it is due to be commissioned in early 2014.

13 Jul 2010 John Manock
23 TenneT/transpower Plans to Build Submarine Cables to Norway

TenneT/transpower. A Dutch/German power company, is starting the next phase of its interconnection plans by building two new interconnections to Norway. This was announced recently by Mel Kroon, CEO of TenneT, at the visit of her majesty queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to Norway. The new high voltage subsea cables will enlarge the import of sustainable energy from Norway and strengthen the sustainable ambitions of the European Commission.

11 Jul 2010 John Manock
24 Prysmian Joins Transgreen Mediterranean Supergrid

Prysmian has signed an industrial partnership agreement with 11 other leading European groups in the power generation and transmission technologies and industries. The initiative, supported by the French Minister for Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, Jean-Luis Borloo and of the French Republic President’s Special Advisor, Henri Guaino, aims at studying the feasibility and the realization of the trans-Mediterranean super-grid, called Transgreen, that would carry renewable energy from Northern Africa to Europe.

06 Jul 2010 John Manock
25 Nexans to Supply Submarine Array Cables for UK Wind Farm

Nexans has been awarded a major contract by Lincs Wind Farm Limited to supply the medium voltage submarine array cables and associated accessories for the 270 MW Lincs offshore wind farm to be constructed off the east coast of England. The order further extends Nexans’ involvement in the Lincs wind farm project, as it follows the contract awarded by Centrica in November 2009 to supply the HV submarine power export cables.

30 Jun 2010 John Manock
26 Cable Laying for U.K. Wind Farm to Begin

The introductory preparations for pulling ashore the high-voltage connecting the Walney 1 offshore wind farm with the onshore high-voltage grid has been in progress during the past couple of weeks off South Lakeland Caravan Park, in the United Kingdom, according to Dong Energy, the company developing the wind farm.

27 Jun 2010 John Manock
27 Wind Farm Cabling Contract Awarded

A consortium of Siemens Energy and Prysmian Powerlink has received an order for submarine cables worth more than EUR500 million from the German transmission grid company Transpower. The BorWin2 offshore consortium will connect two North Sea offshore wind farms to the grid on behalf of Transpower, a subsidiary of the Dutch grid operator TenneT.

17 Jun 2010 John Manock
28 Draka Picked to Supply Cables for Wave Energy Tests

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has selected Draka Offshore as its submarine power cable provider. The contract requires Draka to deliver approximately 11,000mt of 20kV subsea power cable for use in EMEC's tidal and wave energy test sites in Orkney.

15 Jun 2010 John Manock
29 AECOM to Prepare EIS for Hawaii Interisland Cable

The State of Hawaii has announced AECOM will prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed submarine interisland cable connecting the islands of Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Maui. 

14 Jun 2010 John Manock
30 Nexans Completes Subsea Cable Link to Pemba Island

Nexans has successfully completed a new 75 km subsea power link between Pemba Island, the second largest island in the Zanzibar archipelago, and the national power grid on mainland Tanzania.

03 Jun 2010 John Manock
31 Power Cable Laid to Xiamen Island

In late May, a submarine power cable was installed in Xiaman, a city in southeastern China, setting two records for such cables in China.

02 Jun 2010 John Manock
32 Fingrid to Build EstLink 2

Fingrid, the electricity transmission system operator in Finland, has made a capital investment decision concerning the second direct current transmission link, EstLink 2, between Estonia and Finland. The capacity of the planned transmission link is 650 megawatts and the costs of the project total approx. 320 million euros. The submarine cable will be built in co-operation with the Estonian transmission system operator Elering. The execution of the project still requires that the recently opened electricity market in Estonia starts off favorably and that the project receives an investment subsidy of 100 million euros from the European Union.

25 May 2010 John Manock
33 Public Power Picks Nexans for Power Cable Link

Greek electric power utility Public Power Corporation S.A. has announced that on Friday, May 14, 2010, it signed a contract with Nexans Norway AS for the construction of a submarine power cable connecting Polypotamos and Nea Makri, Greece.

23 May 2010 John Manock
34 Draka Offshore Awarded Walney 2 Wind Farm Contract

Draka Offshore has announced that it has been awarded the array-cabling contract for the Walney 2 project from Dong Energy in Denmark. The announcement follows the recent completion of the company's expansion to its subsea production facility.

18 May 2010 John Manock
35 Tender Prepared for Malta-Italy Power Cable

Enemalta, the electric power utility for Malta, is preparing a tender for the installation of a submarine power cable between Malta and Italy.

13 May 2010 John Manock
36 Bakun Cable Plans Shelved

The Malaysian government has shelved plans for what would have been the largest submarine power cable system in history, a submarine power connection for the giant Bakun Dam hydroelectric project.

11 May 2010 John Manock
37 Taipower Plans Link to Penghu

Taiwan Power (Taipower) plans to build a submarine power cable link connecting Taiwan with the Penghu Islands, an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait consisting of 90 small islands and islets covering an area of 141 square kilometers. 

05 May 2010 John Manock
38 Installation of Cork Harbour Cables Completed

The laying of the Aghada-Raffeen 220kV submarine cable crossing between Aghada and Cuskinny on Great Island, Cork, Ireland, was successfully completed between February 6th and 13th.

14 Apr 2010 John Manock
39 Indonesia Plans Power Cable to Serve Thousand Islands

The government of Jakarta, Indonesia, plans to conduct bidding for a 40-kilometer submarine power cable installation to the Thousand Islands, a group of islands that is a political subdivision of Jakarta.  The bidding is planned for later this month.

13 Apr 2010 John Manock
40 Statnett Submits License Application for NORD.LINK

Statnett has submitted a license application to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) for permission to build a new DC interconnector, called NORD.LINK, between Norway and Germany.

07 Apr 2010 John Manock
41 Canada-NY Underwater Power Cable Proposed

As we have noted previously in the NewsFeed and Radar Screen Report, the market for submarine power cables is booming.  The “green” energy movement is bringing with it the need to transmit electricity from clean energy generating sources to the metropolitan areas that need it.  Submarine power cables are already widely used with offshore wind farms and for international power grid interconnection, but now innovative developers are looking at all kinds of waterways as potential routes for new cables.

17 Mar 2010 John Manock
42 Tender Released for Danish Cable Project

Danish electricity utility Energinet has released a tender for submarine power cable for a project in Laesoe, Denmark.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
43 Tanzania Takes Bids for Cable Project

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) reports that it has received a number of bids from international suppliers to build a submarine power cable from the Tanzanian mainland to Unguja Island.  MCC closed the bidding process last week for the 132 Kv submarine cable.  The cable will run from Ras Kiromoni, near Dar es Salaam, to Ras Fumba in Ugunja.

05 Mar 2010 John Manock
44 EIB to Provide BritNed Funding

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has agreed to provide EUR 300 million for the construction of the BritNed Interconnector, a new electricity transmission cable between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The BritNed cable is a 50:50 joint venture, between National Grid and TenneT, who operate the grids. It will have a capacity of 1,000 MW and make a significant contribution to the security and diversity of electricity supplies in both the UK and the Netherlands. The interconnector will also boost competition by improving connections with European markets.

04 Mar 2010 John Manock
45 BC-Washington Power Cable Granted Permits

Sea Breeze Power Corp. has reported on recent progress with development of the Juan de Fuca submarine power cable.

24 Feb 2010 John Manock
46 Indonesia to Build Java-Sumatra Power Cable

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has announced plans to finance the construction of a 700-kilometer submarine electric transmission cable between Java and Sumatra.

21 Feb 2010 John Manock
47 European Cable Projects Moving Forward

A feasibility study for a submarine power cable to interconnect Romania and Turkey will be completed in May 2010, according to the head of the Department for corporate strategy for Romanian power company Transelectrica, Razvan Purdila, told a press conference recently.

15 Feb 2010 John Manock
48 Vietnam Phu Quoc Island Survey Begins

Power Company Number 2, a unit of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), officially started the surveying work for a 110 KV submarine power cable network project from Ha Tien Town to Phu Quoc Island on January 8.

31 Jan 2010 John Manock
49 Norwegian Power Cable Tender Released

Norwegian power utility Lofotkraft AS has released a tender for the supply of submarine power cable.  The tender calls for 9.5 kilometers of 24Kv submarine cable.  The deadline for bidders is March 9, 2010.

28 Jan 2010 John Manock
50 ETI to Develop Wet-Mate Connector

Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has announced a project that could considerably reduce the cost of cabling from offshore wave and tidal farms to the shore.

11 Jan 2010 John Manock
51 Tender for Skaggerak-4 Released

Norwegian power utility Statnett has released a tender for a submarine power cable linking Norway and Denmark.

10 Jan 2010 John Manock
52 Tender Released for Power Cable Project

Power utilities in the United Kingdom and Belgium have released a tender for a marine survey for a submarine power cable between the United Kingdom and Belgium.

05 Jan 2010 John Manock
53 Prysmian Awarded Contract Sicily-Italian Mainland Power Cable

Prysmian Cables & Systems has been awarded by Terna Spa Rete Elettrica Nazionale a major contract to develop the new extra high voltage submarine power link between Sicily and the Italian mainland, an interconnection of strategic importance for the development of the entire national power grid.

03 Jan 2010 John Manock
54 Tenders Issued for Power Projects

Four tenders have been launched recently related to submarine power cable projects in Europe.

23 Dec 2009 John Manock
55 Report Says that Hawaii Power Cable Is Feasible

A report commissioned by the state of Hawaii has concluded that a submarine power cable to distribute energy between the Hawaiian Islands is feasible and has proposed four potential routes.

21 Dec 2009 John Manock
56 Tenders Released for Baltic Projects

Two tenders have been released for works related to the Estlink-2 and Nordbalt submarine power cables in the Baltic Sea.

10 Dec 2009 John Manock
57 European Submarine Power Cable Market Growing

The submarine power cable market in Europe is growing thanks to efforts by the European Commission to improve the flow of electricity throughout the continent by cross-border connections.  A decision by the Commission in September 2006 laid down a series of guidelines for trans-European energy networks (TEN-E Guidelines).  Under these guidelines, a number of projects that are of cross-border nature or that have significant impact on cross-border transmission capacity were declared to be of European interest.

09 Dec 2009 John Manock
58 Finland, Sweden Plan Fenno-Skan-2

Fingrid Oyj and Svenska Kraftnät, the transmission system operators in Finland and Sweden, respectively, will construct a new submarine cable connection called Fenno-Skan-2, an extension to the existing Fenno-Skan, between the two countries. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link with a transmission capacity of 800 megawatts (MW) will be completes in 2011. Capital expenditure in this project will total approximately 300 million euros.

01 Dec 2009 John Manock
59 LS Cable Completes First Submarine Cable Factory in Korea

LS Cable held the ceremony for the completion of the first-in-Korea submarine cable factory in Donghae City, Gangwon Province, on the 19th of November.

29 Nov 2009 John Manock
60 Trans Bay Cable Installation Begins

The cable ship Giulio Verne has begun laying the 53-mile long Trans Bay Cable (TBC) under San Francisco Bay. TBC is an energy transmission infrastructure project designed to provide additional energy to the City of San Francisco. It will transfer already existing energy from an electric transmission system substation in Pittsburg, California, to San Francisco. This energy transmission project will transport approximately 400 megawatts of hydropower, geothermal, and wind power.

25 Nov 2009 John Manock
61 Finland, Estonia to Build EstLink-2

The Finnish and Estonian transmission system operators, Fingrid Oyj and Elering OÜ, have decided to carry out the studies, obtain permits and define specifications for EstLink 2 HVDC electricity transmission interconnection between Finland and Estonia.

22 Nov 2009 John Manock
62 New York Approves Submarine Cable from New Jersey to Brooklyn

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the New York portion of a 6.6 mile, 345 kV AC, submarine electric transmission line that will extend under the Hudson River to connect a planned, 512-MW power plant in Bayonne, New Jersey to an existing substation owned by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. in Brooklyn, New York. The project is scheduled to commence operations at the end of 2011.

19 Nov 2009 John Manock
63 National Grid, Statoil to Explore UK-Norway Power Connection

NGIL, a National Grid subsidiary, and Statnett have signed a contract to explore the prospects of a power connection between Norway and Great Britain, possibly together with an offshore grid in the North Sea.

18 Nov 2009 John Manock
64 Bakun Cable Contract Tender Planned

A tender for the supply of the longest submarine power cable yet proposed will be released within the next three months.  The planned cable will transmit electricity from Bakun hydroelectric dam in Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.

16 Nov 2009 John Manock
65 Nordbalt Tender Released

The electricity grid operators of Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia have released a supply tender for the Nordbalt submarine power cable.  The 350-kilometer cable will run from Sweden to Lithuania and completion is planned for 2016.

Sweden’s Svenska Kraftnat (SvK), Lithuania’s Lietuvos Energija and Latvia’s Latvenergo signed a memorandum of understanding in July of this year to proceed with the cable project.  They also decided that SvK will both have the lead as well as the ultimate responsibility in the performance of this procurement procedure while Lietuvos Energija and Latvenergo will participate as observers.

According to SvK, the tender covers the following services:
· Procurement of the submarine cable, practical items,
· Type testing,
· Cable manufacturing
· On shore and offshore trenches,
· Laying and jointing of the cable,
· Installation of the cable terminations,
· Final documentation,
· Writing reports, doing surveys etc.
· Other possible work related to the cable project

More information about the tender can be obtained from Svenska Kraftnat, BOX 1200, Attn: Marcus Jacobson, S-172 24 Sundbyberg. Tel.  +46 35182242. E-mail: marcus.jacobson@svk.se. Fax  +46 35182241.

15 Nov 2009 John Manock
66 Nexans Wins 35 million Euro Submarine Power Cable Project

Nexans has been awarded a 35 million Euro turnkey contract by EDF to construct a new submarine power cable for the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. The cable link will take a subsea route along the coast to connect the power production area located at Le Port in the West of the island to the capital city of Saint-Denis which requires much of the energy. By choosing this subsea cable route, the construction of 20 km of aerial power lines across a natural environment made of rugged, steep and mountainous terrain was avoided.

12 Nov 2009 John Manock
67 Malaysia-Indonesia Power Cable Project Moving Forward

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and PT PLN (Persero) have signed an agreement for a submarine power cable to interconnect the electricity grids in Malaysia and Indonesia.

11 Nov 2009 John Manock
68 Montenegro Planning a Power Link to Italy

The electrical transmission grid operator in Montenegro is in the final stages of preparation for the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Italian system operator TERNA to build a submarine power cable between the two countries.

05 Nov 2009 John Manock
69 European Power Cable Tenders Released

According to the European Union website, at least three tenders have been released for submarine power cables in two Western European countries, as the continent continues to develop its electricity infrastructure and offshore wind farms.

07 Oct 2009 John Manock
70 EIB Loan to Help Fund Irish Submarine Power Cable and Wind Farms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to lend up to EUR 500 million to help Ireland secure and green its electricity supplies and support Europe’s economic recovery. Two loan contracts to that effect were signed recently in Dublin by EIB Vice President Plutarchos Sakellaris and the chief executives of EirGrid Plc and Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in the presence of Irish Energy Minister Eamon Ryan.

07 Oct 2009 John Manock
71 Tenders for Power Cable Projects

Two tenders related to submarine power cables have been released, according to the European Union tenders website.

21 Sep 2009 John Manock
72 Scottish Power Cable Plan Moves Forward

The formal business case for a subsea electricity cable to link Western Isles renewable energy farms to the National Grid have been submitted to power regulator of the United Kingdom, Ofgem.

21 Sep 2009 John Manock
73 India-Sri Lanka Power Cable Pact Expected Soon

India and Sri Lanka will soon sign a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of laying a submarine cable, which will be the first of its kind in Asia when completed, to connect their power networks.

06 Jul 2009
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1 African cable operators describe philanthropic efforts

It is always a pleasure to highlight some of the philanthropic work done by the submarine cable industry.  Two submarine fiber optic cable system operators in Africa have recently reported on their efforts.

SEACOM, which operators a cable system in East Africa, noted a number of its efforts in the region at the anniversary of its commercial launch (known as Foundation Day).  These are described here. In addition, SEACOM also announced that it is supporting innovation and incubation hubs in Kenya and Uganda.  

Meanwhile, MainOne, which operates a West African cable system, highlighted its work in Ghana to close the gender gap in technology, click here for more information.

17 Feb 2016 John Manock
2 Hotline, now 50 years old, continues to promote dialog with Russians

Internesting history of the Washington-Moscow hotline.  From the submarine cable perspective, one of the routes was a transatlantic cable that also passed terrestrially through the Nordic countries.  In the 1960s, the segment through Finland was cut by a farmer ploughing his fields.  Guess they weren't thinking about cable protection back then.  You can read the article at http://www.army.mil/article/109986/Hotline__now_50_years_old__continues_to_promote_dialog_with_Russians/.

 

27 Aug 2013 John Manock
3 Pacnet Launches Asia Pacific’s First Data Landing Station

Pacnet has announced the launch of its Hong Kong Data Landing Station (DLS), the first carrier neutral data center facility of its kind in the Asia Pacific region with direct high-speed connectivity into Pacnet’s pan-Asian subsea cable network.

02 Nov 2010 John Manock
4 GlobeNet Announces Upgrade

GlobeNet, an international wholesale provider of submarine capacity, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi, has unveiled its plans for a 200 Gbps upgrade, from 360 Gbps to 560 Gbps of total lit network capacity, in its lowest latency, fiber optic cable network connecting the Americas. In response to the ever-increasing bandwidth demands from its customers, GlobeNet has successfully completed a network trial to ensure its optical transmission technology can support this high capacity upgrade. As a result, GlobeNet awarded Alcatel-Lucent and Xtera Communications, Inc. 100 Gbps contracts respectfully. The new network capacity deployment is scheduled to be complete by first quarter 2011 with further plans by GlobeNet to upgrade to a 1.44 Tbps network thereafter.

26 Oct 2010 John Manock
5 Uganda to Link Network to SEACOM

The national data transmission backbone and e-governance infrastructure cable will be connected to SEACOM, the East African Marine System (TEAMS) and the East African submarine cable system (EAASy) cables, the ICT minister has said.

25 Aug 2010 John Manock
6 Hibernia Atlantic Opens New Office in London

Hibernia Atlantic has announced the opening of its office facility located at 55 Old Broad Street in London, United Kingdom. The new office is a result of Hibernia's strong growth in Europe and the increased customer demand for its robust network services platform globally.

19 Aug 2010 John Manock
7 SEACOM Enables Tanzanian Carrier to Cut Prices

African mobile operator Zain Tanzania has slashed its Internet tariffs by more than 50 percent following the company’s connection to East African submarine fiber optic cable SEACOM.

19 Aug 2010 John Manock
8 Starcomms Acquires Capacity on Main One

As part of its efforts to further enhance Internet services, Starcomms has acquired capacity on the Main One submarine fiber optic cable linking Nigeria and the whole of West Africa to Europe. The new development will pave the way for additional transformation in Internet access and reliable voice service from Starcomms.

19 Aug 2010 John Manock
9 Change of Ownership of Caribbean Cables

Ownership of small shares of three Caribbean submarine fiber optic cables will be transferred under a bankruptcy reorganization plan of one of the members of the consortia that own the cables.

11 Aug 2010 John Manock
10 South Pacific Carrier Seeking Transport and IP Transit

A carrier in the South Pacific has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for telecom and Internet Protocol (IP) services in Australia and key global markets.

09 Aug 2010 John Manock
11 Pacific Crossing Announces Further PC-1 Upgrade

Pacific Crossing, an NTT Communications Corporation company and operator of the transpacific submarine cable system PC-1, has further upgraded the capacity and enhanced its Ethernet service offering on its infrastructure in order to match continual growth in demand for its services. The newly added capacity came into service at the end of July. A third upgrade of the PC-1 system is scheduled for later in 2010.

01 Aug 2010 John Manock
12 AT&T to Increase Capacity with Major Upgrade of APCN2

AT&T has announced the planned expansion of its network capacity for the Asia Pacific region through the upgrade of the APCN2, of which AT&T is part of the ownership group. The fourfold rise in capacity in the state-of-the-art dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) cable will increase the original design capacity from the existing 10Gb/s DWDM to 40Gb/s expansion. This represents one of the world’s large-scale upgrade of a major undersea cable network.

28 Jul 2010 John Manock
13 C&W Awarded Contract from TWA

Cable & Wireless (C&W) Worldwide has announced that it has won a new contract with Trans World Associates (Pvt.) Ltd. (TWA) to provide data network solutions to connect its customers across Europe and the United States of America. The company will provide bandwidth connectivity services to TWA's growing customer base in Pakistan.

22 Jul 2010 John Manock
14 Level 3 Connects New Transatlantic Route at Equinix London

Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, and Level 3 Communications, Inc., a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services, today announced the opening of a new access node in Equinix’s International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) London 4/London5 (LD4/5) data center campus located on the outskirts of London. The access node will link the Equinix LD4/5 IBX campus directly with three of Level 3’s transatlantic routes to New York, improving diversity and lowering the latency on the route between the UK and North America.

14 Jul 2010 John Manock
15 Pan African Carrier Upgrades Core Network

As high-capacity submarine fiber optic cables come into service on both the east and west coasts of Africa, carriers are upgrading their networks to offer new services and take advantage of the vast amount of capacity the new cables offer.

05 Jul 2010 John Manock
16 Pacnet Delivers Next-Generation Internet via Cisco Gear

Pacnet, Asia’s leading independent telecommunications service provider, has completed the deployment of a highly scalable Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) based on the Cisco® Carrier Routing System (CRS) platform.

29 Jun 2010 John Manock
17 Activ Financial Selects Hibernia Atlantic

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, has announced that ACTIV Financial, a leading global provider of fully managed low-latency market data solutions, has selected Hibernia Atlantic's Global Financial Network (GFN) for Ethernet between Frankfurt and Chicago. ACTIV chose Hibernia's GFN, a next generation, high speed connectivity platform because of its rapid delivery coupled with secure route diversity, commercial flexibility and unmatched provisioning time to install.

24 Jun 2010 John Manock
18 Deutsche Börse Picks Hibernia for Frankfurt-Chicago Route

Hibernia Atlantic has announced that Deutsche Börse Systems, the IT subsidiary of Deutsche Börse AG, has selected Hibernia’s secure Global Financial Network (GFN) for high performance, protected connectivity between Frankfurt and Chicago. Deutsche Börse Systems chose Hibernia's GFN because of its full route diversity throughout the entire transatlantic, long-haul network, as well as down to the local metro loop level. The new high capacity route will serve Deutsche Börse Group’s large financial client base. The route also avoids highly congested network areas, such as around the New York and London waterways, thereby offering security through physical diversity.

22 Jun 2010 John Manock
19 Level 3 Invests Deepens European Presence

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced it has invested in making Level 3’s connection to the city of Manchester resilient, meaning the city’s Internet connectivity is now independent of the Level 3 London hub. Level 3 serves approximately 45 markets in Europe and can seamlessly deliver transport as well as Internet Protocol (IP) services from Manchester through to Western Europe and markets across North America.

21 Jun 2010 John Manock
20 Submarine Cables Drive Iceland’s Data Center Initiative

Over the past few years, Iceland has become well connected by international submarine fiber optic cables – the FARICE cable to Scotland, the DANICE cable to Denmark and Greenland Connect to Greenland.  The multiple submarine cable connections allow Iceland to position itself as a “green” data center location, using its abundant renewable energy.

16 Jun 2010 John Manock
21 Gateway Wins Award for African MPLS Services on SEACOM

Gateway Communications, the leading supplier of telecommunications services across Africa, claimed the prestigious award for “Wholesale Service Innovation” in partnership with SEACOM in an awards ceremony held on the 8 June in London.

14 Jun 2010 John Manock
22 Tender Released for SEA-ME-WE-4 Lease Bandwidth

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL), which has exclusive rights to capacity on the only international submarine fiber optic cable landing in the country, intends to lease out bandwidth on the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable system.

13 Jun 2010 John Manock
23 SEACOM Preparing for Final Network Configuration

In preparation for the SEACOM landing in Egypt that will mark the final configuration of the East African submarine cable system, the branching unit that is located in the international waters of the Arabian Sea, has been reconfigured.

09 Jun 2010 John Manock
24 Irish Company Extends Network Utilizing Project Kelvin

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, has announced that North West Electronics (NWE), an innovative Internet Service Provider serving the North of Ireland, will expand its wireless network with Hibernia Atlantic's fiber connectivity for Project Kelvin. As an early adopter in utilizing this high capacity cable, NWE Electronics can now offer wide-scale wireless Internet connectivity across Ireland to meet the growing demands of business customers and end-users.

06 Jun 2010 John Manock
25 Level 3, GlobeNet to Provide IP Services Bundled with Submarine Capacity

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced that the company has established a multi-service relationship with GlobeNet, an international provider of submarine cable transmission capacity, to enable Level 3 and GlobeNet to offer transport and high-speed Internet services to satisfy the growth in communications demand in South America.

03 Jun 2010 John Manock
26 Global Crossing Upgrade AC-1 to Meet Continuing Customer Demand

Global Crossing has announced it is adding capacity on both its North American terrestrial network and its Atlantic Crossing 1® (AC-1®) subsea network.

01 Jun 2010 John Manock
27 Company Plans Dark Fiber Links to U.S. Cable Stations

US wholesale carrier Allied Fiber has finalized agreements with financial partners and right-of-way owners to build a new nationwide, network-neutral, high-count dark fiber cable system integrated with colocation facilities and wireless tower sites. Construction of the first 1,300 route-mile phase linking New York, Chicago and Ashburn, Virginia, is already underway and will cost approximately US$140 million. The completed dark fiber network will span 11,548 route miles ringing the entire U.S., to be built in six phases, linking subsea cable landing points, major data centers, colocation interconnection facilities, rural networks and wireless towers. Allied has secured several agreements with railroad companies including Norfolk Southern Railway and other major right-of-way owners.

25 May 2010 John Manock
28 Xtera Communications Awarded AC-1 Upgrade Contract

Xtera Communications, Inc. has announced a new contract with Global Crossing, a leading global IP solutions provider, to upgrade a legacy system fiber pair on Network Segment C (linking Brookhaven, New York and Whitesands, United Kingdom) of Global Crossing’s Atlantic Crossing (AC-1) network to meet growing customer demand for broadband services.

12 May 2010 John Manock
29 Baltcom IP Joins Internet Exchange DECIX

Baltcom IP has joined Internet exchange DECIX in Frankfurt that is among biggest and fastest growing points in Europe.  Thanks to direct peering possibilities, Baltcom said that its customers would enjoy improved services on many European routes.

10 May 2010 John Manock
30 Rwandatel Looks to Connect to TEAMS

In an effort to establish an alternative route for its international Internet traffic, Rwandatel is negotiating to buy capacity from The East African Marine System (TEAMS).

09 May 2010 John Manock
31 ASH Cable Owners Apply to Transfer Control of System

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has received an application for consent to the transfer of control of the interest in the American Samoa-Hawaii Cable, held by American Samoa Hawaii Cable, LLC (ASHC), AST Telecom d/b/a Blue Sky Communications (Blue Sky) and Pac-Rim Redeployment, LLC (PRR) from Stanford International Bank, Ltd. (SIBL) to Pete R. Pizarro.

06 May 2010 John Manock
32 UUNET Kenya Completes Full International Network Redundancy

UUNET Kenya customers can now enjoy 100% uptime after the company recently completed the installation of the 2nd International Backbone and the setting up of a Point of Presence (POP) in the United States. Previously, customers were re-routed to the U.S. through the firm’s London POP. This new development gives UUNET Kenya faster access the U.S.; both in terms of download speeds and access times.

03 May 2010 John Manock
33 Tyco to Settle Class Action Suit

A $79 million settlement has been reached in a long-running class action suit that accuses Tyco International Ltd. of misleading investors in its undersea cable subsidiary, TyCom Ltd.

02 May 2010 John Manock
34 Georgia-Russia Submarine Cable to Be Upgraded

Rostelecom and other participants of an international telecommunications consortium have signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to modernize and expand the Georgia-Russia submarine fiber-optic cable system.

22 Apr 2010 John Manock
35 Internode Extends Private IP Service to New Zealand

Internode has extended the coverage of its Internode Business Connect (IBC) private Internet Protocol networks across the Tasman Sea for clients with offices in New Zealand.  IBC Private IP networks now reach New Zealand.

12 Apr 2010 John Manock
36 MediaXstream Is Rebranded as Hibernia Media

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, MediaXstream, will now be branded as Hibernia Media. Hibernia Media is a leading provider of high quality transport and managed network services for the media production and broadcast industries. Hibernia Media is currently operational in 30 major markets in the U.S. and Europe, serving the increasingly growing demand for High Definition video networking and production services by TV and film production, sports, news, mobile content and IPTV. Hibernia Atlantic acquired the company in December 2009, further enhancing the combined entity’s network reach, performance and product offering, adding significant marketplace opportunities, technological innovation and customer value to media customers, financial houses and wholesale carrier providers.

08 Apr 2010 John Manock
37 PLDT Expands DFON, Increasing Capacity and Enhancing Resiliency

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has announced completion of another phase of its Digital Fiber Optic Network (DFON) expansion program. PLDT recently activated an additional 320 Gbps across six submarine and terrestrial network loops nationwide to serve the rising demand for bandwidth as more customers increase their usage of broadband Internet and multi-media services. This increased the operating capacity of PLDT's DFON to more than 1,000 Gbps at a total cost of P600 million.

30 Mar 2010 John Manock
38 SEACOM Enables Global Broadcasting of World Cup

SEACOM has announced that it has joined forces with Tata Communications to provide the critical international capacity to the broadcasters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup which kicks-off in South Africa on 11 June 2010.

24 Mar 2010 John Manock
39 Level 3 to Deliver US Network Services for Telkom Indonesia

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced that the company will deliver high-speed network services for PT. Telkom Indonesia International (TII), a wholly owned subsidiary of PT. Telkom Indonesia. Under the terms of the agreement, TII will use Level 3's landing station connectivity at the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system. Level 3's services provide a diverse and scalable extension of TII's network to data and Internet traffic in the United States.

23 Mar 2010 John Manock
40 Court Approves TPG’s Acquisition of PIPE

TPG Telecom Limited and PIPE Networks Limited have announced that the Supreme Court of Queensland has issued orders approving the Scheme of Arrangement between PIPE Networks and its shareholders involving TPG Telecom acquiring all of the shares in PIPE Networks that it does not already own for $6.30 cash per share. The Court orders follow the overwhelming support of PIPE Networks shareholders who voted in favor of the scheme at the Scheme Meeting held on 12 March 2010.

21 Mar 2010 John Manock
41 Tinet Selects Hibernia Atlantic for Additional 10G Wavelengths

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, has announced that it has been selected by Tinet, formerly the carrier arm of Tiscali Group and the only global carrier exclusively committed to the IP and Ethernet wholesale market, to deliver multiple 10 Gbps wavelengths of capacity to and from Toronto, New York, Dublin, London, Frankfurt and other major metro areas on Hibernia’s private network.

16 Mar 2010 John Manock
42 Internode Increases Capacity on Southern Cross

Australian Internet service provider Internode has signed a contract for a capacity expansion with long-standing partner, the Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN).

16 Mar 2010 John Manock
43 Global Crossing Upgrades Submarine Cable Capacity

Global Crossing has announced that it is significantly expanding capacity on its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC®), South American Crossing (SAC®) and Pan American Crossing (PAC®) undersea fiber-optic cable systems to meet rapidly growing demand for Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet transport among its enterprise, carrier and service provider customers.  These overbuilds will enhance connectivity between Latin America, North America and Europe and will be rolled out over the next six months, with some segments ready for service as early as May 2010.

10 Mar 2010 John Manock
44 Alcatel-Lucent, GlobeNet Complete Cable Upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent and GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi, completed the upgrade of GlobeNet’s 22,000-kilometer submarine cable system linking the United States with Latin America. This project, the second upgrade in approximately 18 months, enables GlobeNet to deliver more than 110 Gbps of capacity, the equivalent of 13.75 million voice calls at one time.

08 Mar 2010 John Manock
45 Globe Telecom Applies to Renew Landing Station Permit

Philippines carrier Globe Telecom has applied to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the country’s telecom regulator, to renew its permit to operate is international submarine cable landing station in Ballesteros, Cagayan province.

25 Feb 2010 John Manock
46 Pacnet to Convert Cable Stations into Data Centers

In a strategic move to meet growing market demands for data center co-location, managed hosting and value-added services in Asia Pacific, Pacnet has announced plans to convert its Cable Landing facilities across key markets in the region into Data Landing Stations (DLS).

23 Feb 2010 John Manock
47 U.S. Regulators Approve TPG Acquisition of PIPE

TPG Telecom Limited and PIPE Networks Limited have announced that the two companies have obtained the necessary approvals from United States regulatory authorities to the acquisition of PIPE Networks by TPG.  A major condition in the Merger Implementation Agreement between PIPE Networks and TPG has therefore been satisfied.

22 Feb 2010 John Manock
48 Reliance Globalcom Enhances Portfolio of Services on FA-1

Reliance Globalcom, a leading global provider of connectivity, hosting & managed services for multinational enterprises and carriers, is now able to offer 10G LAN PHY, a dedicated Ethernet point-to-point service, with a market leading data rate capacity of 10.31 Gbps as a standard service offering on its FA-1 Network. This delivers increased transport efficiencies and capacity over the existing wavelengths deployed on the Reliance Globalcom service, improving Gigabit Ethernet customer application speeds with ten times the bandwidth availability.

22 Feb 2010 John Manock
49 MTN to Buy Nitel’s SAT-3 Share

Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has announced that African mobile phone giant MTN has won the bidding for Nigeria Telecommunication’s (Nitel’s) share of the South Atlantic Telecommunications-3 (SAT-3) submarine cable system.

21 Feb 2010 John Manock
50 Southern Cross to Support Australian Research Network

Southern Cross Cable Networks has extended until 2020 its sponsorship of the Southern Cross Trans-Pacific Optical Research Test bed (SXTransPORT), with its submarine cable network providing 10 Gbps links to the United States for the Australian research community.

10 Feb 2010 John Manock
51 AAG Damage Disrupts Malaysian Services

A damaged circuit on the Asia American Gateway (AAG) near Lantau, China, has disrupted Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s ™ Internet service.

01 Feb 2010 John Manock
52 SEACOM Capacity to Reach Rwanda

Rwanda will soon have access to the SEACOM East African submarine cable system, according to carrier New Artel.

28 Jan 2010 John Manock
53 East African Cable Operators Want Ethiopia’s Traffic

Submarine cable owners are competing for Ethiopia’s international traffic as the landlocked country’s telecom market continues to grow.

27 Jan 2010 John Manock
54 New Company to Hold Shares of Caribbean Cables

Tricom USA, an international carrier and member of several Caribbean submarine cable consortia that filed for bankruptcy protection two years ago, plans to create a new holding company for many of its assets, including its submarine cable holdings.

21 Jan 2010 John Manock
55 XO, Hibernia Atlantic Collaborate to Expand

XO Communications has announced that it will participate with Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic high bandwidth connectivity provider, to offer high-capacity circuits throughout the United States and Europe.

19 Jan 2010 John Manock
56 Level 3 to Deliver High-Speed Internet Services for PLDT

Level 3 Communications, Inc. has announced an agreement with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). Under the terms of the agreement, PLDT will use Level 3's landing station connectivity at the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system – a key communications link between the two continents. Level 3's services provide a diverse and scalable extension of the PLDT pan-Asian network to carry voice, data and video traffic in the United States.

18 Jan 2010 John Manock
57 Xtera to Upgrade US-Caribbean Cable Networks

Xtera Communications, Inc. has been awarded a contract in 2009 by the Americas I North and Columbus 2b consortia to upgrade the Americas I North Submarine Cable System between Vero Beach, Florida, and St. Thomas, USVI; and the Columbus 2b Submarine Cable system between West Palm Beach, Florida, and St. Thomas, USVI.

18 Jan 2010 John Manock
58 BSCCL to Go Public

The Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) plans to go public.  BSCCL was created by separating the submarine cable holdings, consisting of Bangladesh’s interest in SEA-ME-WE-4, from Bangladesh Telecommunications Company and placing them in a new company that would sell the capacity to any Bangladeshi carrier on a more equal basis.

06 Jan 2010 John Manock
59 Hibernia Atlantic Acquires Mediaxstream

In a separate announcement, Hibernia Atlantic recently acquired MediaXstream Inc., a leading provider of high quality transport and managed network services for the media production and broadcast industries.

05 Jan 2010 John Manock
60 Constellation Growth Capital Invests in Hibernia Atlantic

Hibernia Atlantic, owner of the Hibernia Atlantic transatlantic submarine fiber optic cable, has announced that Constellation Growth Capital, a growth equity investor in the convergence of media, communications and technology, invested $13.4 million in the company. Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC) owns the remaining shares of the company.

05 Jan 2010 John Manock
61 Bharti Airtel’s Launches Middle East Connect Network

Bharti Airtel has announced the readiness of its Middle East Connect network, to serve global carriers in the region. The only outside operator with capacities on multiple cable routes in the region, Bharti Airtel offers the unique advantage of at least 3 multiple paths on every cable route.

03 Jan 2010 John Manock
62 Apollo Opens New POP in Equinix London Data Center

Apollo, a transatlantic submarine cable system, and Equinix, Inc., a provider of global data center services, have announced that Apollo has opened a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Equinix's LD4 London Slough International Business Exchange(TM) (IBX(R)) data center. This new PoP in LD4 provides Apollo's customers with resilient, intercontinental access between the UK and major cities in the USA. By locating outside central London, Apollo is offering its customers an alternative, low latency route, bypassing major congestion points within central London.

21 Dec 2009 John Manock
63 Southern Cross, Endeavour Upgrades Planned

The next upgrade for the Southern Cross submarine cable system is on schedule.  The company reports that equipment installation has been completed on the southern route and confidence testing scheduled to run over the Christmas period.

20 Dec 2009 John Manock
64 JDSU Selected by Southern Cross for Fiber Inspection Solutions

JDSU has announced that Southern Cross Cables Limited, a global bandwidth wholesaler that maintains a worldwide network and manages its capacity, has chosen the JDSU HD3-P4 fiber optic line of handheld inspection instruments along with FBP Probe Microscopes to improve network performance and reduce inspection time.  The units will be used for critical inspection of fiber in the company’s network that connects Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the Internet backbone in the United States.

06 Dec 2009 John Manock
65 NTT Com Completes Acquisition of Pacific Crossing Limited

Pacific Crossing Limited, the operator of the most reliable transpacific undersea cable network, PC-1, has announced that the acquisition of 100% of its shares by NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), previously announced on May 25th, was successfully completed on Friday, October 23rd.

22 Nov 2009 John Manock
66 Bharti Airtel Launches Far-East Connect Network

Bharti Airtel has announced the commencement of operations of its Far-East Connect Network, enabling it to serve the requirements of wholesale customers in the high growth markets across Asia and the Pacific. The Far-East Connect Network is uniquely designed to meet both the expansion and the diversity needs of customers in the Asia and the Pacific region, the company said in a statement.

17 Nov 2009 John Manock
67 Xtera to Upgrade Columbus III

The Columbus III consortium has awarded Xtera Communications, Inc., a contract to upgrade the transatlantic segment of the Columbus III Submarine Cable system between Hollywood, Florida, and Lisbon Portugal. The work and acceptance testing was completed on September 30, 2009, and the system is now ready to be placed in service, with Xtera’s advanced 20 Gbps Differential Phase Shift Key (DPSK) Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), offering a significant increase in capacity as well as headroom for future growth.

01 Nov 2009 John Manock
68 Pacnet Announces Largest Ever Capacity Upgrade

Pacnet has announced plans to accelerate upgrades on its wholly owned subsea cable network EAC-C2C, adding an additional 3,600 Gbps of capacity across Asia to meet the region’s growing demand for bandwidth.

21 Oct 2009 John Manock
69 Pacnet Launches New Service for Financial Industry

Pacnet has unveiled Pacnet Lightning, a class-leading network connectivity solution suite tailored for the financial services industry that guarantees the secure, reliable and low latency connections needed to meet their information access and trading needs.

20 Oct 2009 John Manock
70 BSSCL Adds Backhaul Redundancy

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL) has added a second fiber optic backhaul connection between its submarine cable station in Cox’s Bazar and the major cities of Chittagong and Dhaka.  The link is a vital one for the country as the Cox’s Bazar cable station is where SEA-ME-WE-4, the only submarine cable serving Bangladesh, lands.

19 Oct 2009 John Manock
71 BSCCL Details SEA-ME-WE-4 Bandwidth, Upgrades

In an article posted recently on a blog in Bangladesh, Engr. Md. Monwar Hossain, Managing Director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL), described the country’s submarine cable infrastructure and how it contributes to Bangladeshi society.

15 Oct 2009 John Manock
72 FCC Approves Transfer of PC-1 License

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer control of the cable-landing license for the Pacific Crossing cable system (PC-1), currently held by PC Landing Corp., from its 100% parent, Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL), to NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com).

12 Oct 2009 John Manock
73 Hibernia Atlantic Adds Redundancy to Financial Network

Hibernia Atlantic, the only diverse transatlantic submarine transport cable provider, has announced that it has selected Sunesys, a provider of high-speed dark fiber optic networks, to further expand its Global Financial Network (GFN) into 1400 Federal in Carteret New Jersey. Sunesys is one of Hibernia’s five New York metro dark fiber partners that help the transatlantic cable company to deliver low latency, redundant capacity to financial firms. Additionally, this construction expansion over dark fiber into 1400 Federal further accelerates Hibernia Atlantic’s connectivity to local and global banks and exchanges within the area. The announcement comes on the heels of the GFN’s extension into two new data centers in Secaucus, New Jersey.

11 Oct 2009 John Manock
74 Tyco Telecom Completes 40 Gbps Field Demonstration

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced the successful demonstration of 40 Gbps transmission capabilities using its next generation technology.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
75 Global Crossing Completes Private Offering

Global Crossing Limited has announced that it has completed its previously announced offering of $750 million in aggregate principal amount of its 12% senior secured notes due 2015 in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

04 Oct 2009 John Manock
76 Pacnet to Boost Cross-Straits Connectivity

Pacnet has unveiled its plans to support the burgeoning cross-straits financial services industry by leveraging its license to offer value-added telecommunications services across major cities in China and connecting businesses across both shores.

28 Sep 2009 John Manock
77 Verizon Business Global Mesh Network Investment Pays Big Dividends

When 10 submarine cable systems in the Asia-Pacific region were damaged in more than 20 locations as the result of Typhoon Morakot and earthquakes off the coast of Taiwan, the Verizon Business global mesh network operated exactly as designed.

22 Sep 2009 John Manock
78 Infinera Dives into Submarine Market

Infinera is launching a new submarine solution to bring the benefits of photonic integration to the world of undersea networks. The new Infinera submarine solution is designed to bring enhanced capacity, new services, and Infinera’s rapid speed of deployment to the world of subsea networks. The Infinera submarine solution, which is designed to be deployed at land-based terminals of submarine networks, is already shipping to Infinera customers and is carrying live traffic today for Global Crossing.

21 Sep 2009 John Manock
79 Global Crossing Prices Private Offering

Submarine cable network operator Global Crossing Limited has announced the pricing of a private placement of $750 million in aggregate principal amount of its 12% senior secured notes due 2015 at an issue price of 97.944%.  The transaction was increased by $100 million above the amount previously announced.  The senior secured notes will be sold to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).  The offering is expected to settle on September 22, 2009, subject to customary closing conditions.

17 Sep 2009 John Manock
80 Virgin Media Deploys Nortel Solution for Irish Undersea Link

Virgin Media, the United Kingdom's leading entertainment and communications company, has enhanced the capacity in its existing submarine cable link between the UK mainland and Ireland using a next-generation optical solution from Nortel.

15 Sep 2009 John Manock
81 AJC, PCL Announce Gigabit Ethernet Service

To meet the continually growing demand from bandwidth-hungry applications such as high-definition video, Australia Japan Cable (AJC), operator of the AJC cable system between Japan and Australia, and Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL), the operator of the lowest latency network across the Pacific, PC-1, have announced the launch of their Gigabit Ethernet Service for carrier, enterprise, and ISP customers looking for scalable, flexible connectivity options between Australia and North America.

03 Sep 2009 John Manock
82 Nortel Achieves Milestone on Submarine Cable

Nortel has successfully trialed ground-breaking 40G optical technology across an ultra long distance submarine cable to prove that available bandwidth can be increased by over two times on Reliance Globalcom's transatlantic cable FA-1.

03 Sep 2009 John Manock
83 FCC Asked to Look at Bahamas Competitive Situation

Two carriers have asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine if there is an openly competitive environment in the Bahamas for submarine cable systems.

02 Sep 2009 John Manock
84 Tata to Upgrade Asian Undersea Cable Ahead of Schedule

Tata Communications is planning to increase the capacity of its Asian undersea cable to accommodate enterprise customers in the region, a company executive said recently.

31 Aug 2009 John Manock
85 FCC Approves Transfer of Cable Interests

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the transfer of control of interests in several submarine cables. The move is part of the proceedings for Primus Telecommunications Group as it emerges from bankruptcy.

27 Aug 2009 John Manock
86 Southern Cross Reduces Prices

Southern Cross Cable Network has announced a further price reduction and capacity boost for its fully protected undersea cable network that directly connects Australasian broadband users to Internet hubs in the United States.

20 Aug 2009 John Manock
87 Hibernia Atlantic First to Offer Native 40 Gbps Across the Atlantic

Hibernia Atlantic has announced the company is now the first to offer native, 40 Gbps wavelength (WL) capacity across the Atlantic Ocean, without the need for external equipment. By deploying the latest 40G network technology, Hibernia has increased the potential capacity of the Atlantic system to 10.16 Tbps.

Hibernia Atlantic’s first-to-market offering is in response to its North American customers’ demand for greater bandwidth capacity, stemming from the precipitous rise in deployment of next-generation services, such as streaming video, IP multimedia and web conferencing. Additionally, financial exchanges and media houses need secure and high-performance capacity to ensure they are meeting their industries’ critical network requirements.

16 Aug 2009 John Manock
88 Nortel Pursues Sea of Opportunity with Solutions for Submarine Networks

Nortel is enabling network operators to upgrade their undersea networks to 40G speeds, providing a simple way to quadruple network capacity while spanning distances thousands of kilometers across the world’s oceans.

As the world becomes more connected across countries, continents and cultures, the submarine networks that carry that network traffic beneath seas and oceans are increasingly nearing full capacity. Nortel’s submarine solutions are available today, have already been deployed or trailed by multiple carriers, and provide a cost-effective way to upgrade key network links without having to rip and replace complex underwater fiber deployments.

16 Aug 2009 John Manock
89 Southern Cross and Nortel Achieve 40G Milestone on Submarine Cable

Southern Cross Cables and Nortel have successfully tested groundbreaking 40G optical technology across an ultra long distance submarine cable to prove that available bandwidth can be quadrupled without the need for costly re-engineering of the undersea network. The trial paves the way for a more cost-effective means for upgrading submarine networks around the world, which will help add network capacity needed to support growing demand for high-speed international Internet traffic without the need and expense to lay new cable systems.

14 Aug 2009 John Manock
90 Tricom Adds Capacity on Antillas-1

Dominican Republic carrier Tricom has invested over 230 million pesos this year to expand its capacity to offer broadband Internet. 

The latest investment is the expansion of capacity on the Antillas-1 submarine cable, which links the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  Tricom is one of the leading owners of Antillas-1, with a 37% stake in the cable.

13 Aug 2009 John Manock
91 Taiwan Mobile to Invest in Submarine Cable Capacity

Taiwan Mobile (TWM), an operator of mobile and fixed-line communication services in Taiwan, has said that it plans to increase the proportion of submarine cable capacity that it owns, rather than leases.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
92 Zambia Connects to SAT-3

In a separate development, Zambia is now connected to the SAT-3 submarine cable that runs along the west coast of Africa into Europe.  Zambia is not impacted by the SAT-3 failure noted above. 

ZAMNET Communication Systems Limited, the pioneering Internet service provider in Zambia that introduced the Internet to Zambia in 1994, has successfully set up an Internet gateway into Europe using end-to-end fiber optics. This is the first such connection in Zambia and marks a milestone in the life of the Internet in Zambia, the company said.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
93 More Fall Out from SAT-3 Cut

Carriers and large end users in West Africa are scrambling to find alternatives for the Internet service following the loss of SAT-3 off the coast of Benin. 

As we noted on last week, most of the traffic from Nigeria’s leading Internet service provider, Suburban Telecom, is routed through Benin’s branch of SAT-3.  When the failure occurred on that branch, it caused widespread Internet outages and slowdowns in Nigeria.  The nature of the failure has not been announced and a cable ship is en route, but it could be another week before the cable is repaired.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
94 Jordan Completes Terrestrial Connection to Saudi Submarine Cables

Mada Jordan has completed the installation and operation of a fiber optic cable that connects Jordan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the Eastern border gate (Al-Omari). 

The new cable is connected to the Saudi Telecom network and links to Saudi Arabia’s international submarine cable stations at 10 Gbps, which secures a communication line for both telephone and Internet services in the Kingdom and links it to

06 Aug 2009 John Manock
95 Bharti Airtel Launches New Terrestrial Cable Network to Bhutan

Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of a new terrestrial cable network to Bhutan. As part of this initiative, Airtel has inked an MoU with the Royal Government of Bhutan to extend fiber connectivity to the Himalayan Kingdom.

The initiative will enable enterprises in Bhutan, to reach out to the world by accessing Bharti’s cable assets, through its International cable landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai. The terrestrial fiber optic link to Bhutan will be ring protected to ensure high uptime. The initiative is set to boost IT & telecommunication infrastructure in Bhutan to bring much needed diversity and improves telecommunications services in the region.

06 Aug 2009 John Manock
96 SAT-3 Outage impacting Nigeria, Togo, Niger

The news of the SAT-3 upgrade is coming at a time when an outage on the cable has cut off large portions of West Africa from the Internet.

31 Jul 2009 John Manock
97 SAT-3 Upgrade to Begin this Month

The South Atlantic Cable-3 (SAT-3), currently the only international submarine cable serving West Africa, will see an upgrade starting this month that will nearly triple the cable’s capacity.

31 Jul 2009 John Manock
98 Primus Restructuring Submarine Cable Ownership Following Bankruptcy Filing
One major difference between the current global economic turmoil and the last downturn in 2002 is that very few telecom carriers are filing for bankruptcy.
21 Jul 2009
99 Southern Cross Considering Upgrade
According to a notice posted on its website, Southern Cross is currently evaluating an RFP for an upgrade of capacity in FY 2009/10.
21 Jul 2009
100 France Telecom Boosts Submarine Cable Capacity

France Telecom has increased capacity on the SEA-ME-WE-4 and TAT-14 submarine cables in the last three months to meet customers IP traffic transmission requirements generated by sustained growth in broadband transmission between the world's regions.

21 Jul 2009
Monthly Review top
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1 Contract Awards Unchanged in July

Summer is a notoriously slow time for new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards.  In the past two years, only one new contract has been announced in July or August, and that project was later cancelled.

04 Aug 2010 John Manock
2 Contract Awards Jump in June

Submarine fiber optic cable contract awards ended the first half of 2010 with a flourish, bringing the total route-kilometers awarded during the six month period to a respectable total.

15 Jul 2010 John Manock
3 Supply Contract Awards Pick Up in May

2010 has been a slow year for supply contract announcements.  Through the first four months, only one, the Tata Gulf Cable, was announced publicly. In May, however, the pace of contract award announcements increased.

02 Jun 2010 John Manock
4 First 2010 Supply Contract Announced

It is time to begin our monthly review of submarine cable contract awards for 2010.  To review how we track contract awards, we only count those that are publicly announced by either the cable builder or the supplier.  We do not count newspaper or other accounts that cannot be traced back to a public document released by one of the companies that is directly involved.

14 Mar 2010 John Manock
5 Submarine Cable Contract Awards December 2009

Monthly Review

Submarine Cable Contract Awards

Here is the final tally of submarine cable contract awards for 2009.  There was one new contract awarded during the month - a domestic submarine cable link in Libya known as the LPTIC T-E System awarded to Huawei Marine Networks.  This brings the final totals for the year to 16 contracts totaling just over 40,000 route-kilometers. 

06 Jan 2010 John Manock
6 Submarine Cable Contract Awards - November

One new submarine cable contract award was announced in November, putting the year to date totals at 15 contracts and over 38,500 route-kilometers of submarine fiber optic cable.

07 Dec 2009 John Manock
7 Monthly Review -- Submarine Cable Contract Awards

We are returning to our monthly summaries of submarine cable contract awards.  To review, our methodology for counting new contracts requires that one of the parties directly involved in the contract must make a public statement announcing the contract.  For those contracts that are never publicly announced, we count them when construction of the cable is reported to have begun.

08 Nov 2009 John Manock
Offshore Communications top
# Article Title Created Author
1 Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM)

Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) is a technique using permanently installed seismic cables to extend the life of an offshore oil or gas field.  Like many new concepts, PRM has been slow to take off, but is starting to make waves in the offshore world.

Global Marine Systems Ltd recently presented at the Third EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) Workshop on Permanent Reservoir Monitoring and has made its presentation, entitled “Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) System Installation: The Installers Perspective,” available on its website at http://www.globalmarinesystems.com/uploads/images/news/prm-an-installers-perspective.pdf

An older article from Statoil describes PRM from a producer's perspective.  This can be viewed at http://www.statoil.com/en/TechnologyInnovation/OptimizingReservoirRecovery/Pages/2012_13Dec_Permanent_Reservoir_monitoring.aspx

20 Mar 2015 John Manock
2 Offshore Network Operator Notes Successes

A leading offshore communications provider has achieved a number of successes in recent months.  The company reports that it is expanding its existing networks and moving into new markets.

09 Aug 2010 John Manock
3 LS Cable Is First Korean Company to Develop Umbilical Cable

LS Cable has announced that it has succeeded in the development and commercialization of an umbilical cable, a composite cable for offshore engineering, for the first time in Korea.

04 Aug 2010 John Manock
4 NSC Expands North Sea Network

North Sea Communications AS (NSC) is expanding its submarine fiber optic cable network serving oil and gas platforms in the North Sea.  The company, which is 100% owned by the TeliaSonera group, was established in 1998, with the single purpose to build and operate a fiber optical cable between Norway and the United Kingdom.

29 Jul 2010 John Manock
5 Offshore Network to Be Acquired

Ownership of a company operating a fiber optic network to provide communications services to offshore oil and gas platforms is about to change hands.

25 Jul 2010 John Manock
6 RigNet to Provide Managed Communications for Offshore Drilling Rig Fleet

RigNet, a provider of managed communications solutions for the upstream oil and gas industry, announced that it has entered into a multi-year contract with Seahawk Drilling, a drilling services company focused on the Gulf of Mexico to provide managed remote communications for its fleet of offshore rigs.

21 Jul 2010 John Manock
7 OSI Introduces Portable Dynamic Riser for Mobile Deepwater Assets

Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) has announced the introduction of its patented Portable Dynamic Riser (PDR) technology to the deepwater oil and gas industry.  The PDR is a portable, skid-mounted cable package that allows Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) and other mobile assets to establish a connection to an in-field fiber optic network without the need to install a custom-designed dynamic riser.  The potential to provide virtually unlimited bandwidth to offshore drilling platforms opens the industry to significant new opportunities to improve the safety, efficiency and quality of its operations by providing real-time access to the industry’s most advanced technology, subject matter experts and best practices wherever they may be located world-wide.

20 Jun 2010 John Manock
8 Nexans Adds Cable Solutions and Services for Ships and Platforms

Nexans has launched SHIPLINK™ as the new brand identity for its range of cable solutions and services for shipbuilding and offshore. The comprehensive scope includes power, data and control cables. With its vast product range, extensive global production and research facilities, Nexans is continuing to innovate and develop new technologies, products and services for shipbuilding with safety, reliability and environmental standards at their core.

07 Jun 2010 John Manock
9 MTN Engages Stakeholders on Offshore Broadband Network

MTN Ghana held a one-day workshop in April to discuss and explore the possibility of providing broadband network services to oil companies operating offshore in Ghana.

05 May 2010 John Manock
10 ABB Wins Order for Power Link to Offshore Platform

ABB has won an order worth $110 million from Eni Norway AS, to build a power link between a new oil and gas platform in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian power grid. The order was booked in the first quarter.

19 Apr 2010 John Manock
11 Nexans Completes Offshore Cable Contract for Espirito Santo

Nexans has completed a 3 million Euro contract for SBM Offshore (Single Buoy Moorings) to manufacture and supply the specialized offshore power, control and instrumentation cables for the conversion of the Espirito Santo FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel serving the BC-10 deep water field development in the Campos Basin offshore Brazil.

15 Apr 2010 John Manock
12 Omantel Highlights Services to O&G Industry

Omantel, the Sultanate of Oman’s leading telecommunications carrier, has conducted a seminar that highlights its corporate business solutions to the oil and gas sector in the Sultanate, one of Omantel’s fastest growing and most innovative areas of business.

12 Apr 2010 John Manock
13 Industry Leaders Form Organization to Advance Offshore Supergrid

Leaders from ten global companies gathered in London today to announce publicly the formation of the “Friends of the Supergrid” (FOSG), which has been set up to progress policy towards the construction of a pan-European Offshore Supergrid. Through the combination of their respective areas of expertise, the FOSG members have unique insight into the policies needed to create the Supergrid and have the capability to deliver it in practice.

22 Mar 2010 John Manock
14 Nexans to Present Innovative Technologies at OTC

Nexans, a global leader in cables and cabling solutions, is using its presence at the upcoming OTC 2010 event in Houston to highlight its full range of cabling solutions and its umbilical cables expertise based on innovative technologies that provide reliable solutions for complex oil and gas projects, onshore and offshore, topside and subsea. In the technical session on the morning of Wednesday May 5, Bjørn Roger Slora, Senior Specialist of Nexans in Norway will present a paper on “Qualification of Dynamic Deepwater Power Cable” introducing some new state-of-the-art technology that addresses the implications of subsea processing power distribution on field architecture. He will also be available on the Nexans booth to discuss more in detail this subject after the conference.

17 Mar 2010 John Manock
15 NKT Wins Contract for Danish Wind Farm

NKT Cables has signed a contract with Energinet.dk, to connect the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm with Jutland. The order has a value of approximately 18 million euros.

17 Feb 2010 John Manock
16 Global Marine Awarded Cable Installation for London Array

Global Marine Systems, a leading provider of subsea power cable installation and maintenance services, has announced that its Energy Division, along with its project partner, Visser & Smit Marine Contracting has been awarded the contract to install four offshore export cables and installation and burial of 175 array cables as part of the building of the first 630MW phase of the London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.

10 Feb 2010 John Manock
17 Aker Solutions Signs Subsea Contract with Repsol

Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Repsol Investigaciones Petroliferas S.A. for delivery of subsea equipment to the Spanish oil company's Mediterranean wells. Contract value is approximately NOK 120 million.

08 Feb 2010 John Manock
18 Prysmian Wins Contract for Walney Offshore Wind Farm

Prysmian has been awarded a 18 million euro contract by the Danish utility DONG Energy to supply a complete 132 kV export cable system for the second phase of the Walney Offshore Wind Farm project, in the Irish Sea. This project is expected to be completed by summer 2011.

13 Jan 2010 John Manock
19 JDR Awarded London Array In-Field Cable Project

The developers of the largest offshore wind farm to date, known as the London Array Offshore Wind Farm, has awarded another contract for cables.

16 Dec 2009 John Manock
20 Nexans Wins Contract for the London Array

As we noted in yesterday’s NewsFeed, Nexans has won a contract worth approximately 100 million Euros to design, manufacture and supply the high voltage subsea power export cables that will connect the London Array wind farm to the UK grid. The contract was placed with Nexans by the consortium of DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar, which is currently building the world’s largest offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary.

14 Dec 2009 John Manock
21 Offshore Wind Farm Projects Proliferating in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is now the world’s largest market for offshore wind farm development, taking over the top spot from Denmark late last year.  There are more than 30 offshore wind farms being planned in U.K. waters and many more are possible with the recent agreement for the North Sea Offshore Grid Initiative.

13 Dec 2009 John Manock
22 Nexans Wins Contract for Offshore Wind Farm Project

Nexans has been awarded a 50 million Euro contract by Centrica to design, manufacture and supply the high voltage (HV) subsea power export cables for the Lincs wind farm project. The new wind farm is being constructed eight kilometers off the coast of England, to the east of Skegness in the county of Lincolnshire.

08 Nov 2009 John Manock
23 Nexans Wins Ice-Resistant Cable Contract

Nexans has been awarded a contract worth around 6 million Euros by Sevmash, Russia’s largest shipbuilding company, to develop, manufacture and supply low-temperature and ice-resistant control, instrumentation and power cables for the marine ice-protected Prirazlomnaya stationary oil production platform in the Barents Sea.

01 Nov 2009 John Manock
24 Draka Expands Subsea Power Solutions For Offshore Wind Farms

Norwegian cable manufacturer Draka has expanded its subsea power solutions for the offshore wind energy market. The company has expanded its production capabilities to further enhance the production of medium-voltage XLPE power cables up to 36 kV.

13 Oct 2009 John Manock
25 Nexans Wins Power Cable Contract

Nexans has won a contract worth approximately 39 million Euros to supply the subsea power export cables for phase I of the Belgian Belwind Offshore Windfarm project, located on the Bligh Bank, 46km off the coast of Zeebrugge. On project completion, Nexans’ cable technology will transmit environmentally friendly power to some 165,000 households in Belgium. Belwind NV is owned by Colruyt, Rabobank Project Equity, SHV, Meewind and Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen.

08 Sep 2009 John Manock
26 Nexans Wins Deepwater Umbilical Projects

Nexans has secured a frame agreement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. for deep water umbilical projects in the Gulf of Mexico that could be worth as much as $300 million in total. The frame agreement is initially for one year; however, BP has the right to extend the agreement for an additional four-year period.

31 Aug 2009 John Manock
27 Cable to Floating Wind Turbine Completed

Norwegian energy company StatoilHydro has announced that a submarine power cable connecting the company’s new floating wind turbine to the shore has been completed.

25 Aug 2009 John Manock
28 Seabed Power Awarded Cable Installation

Seabed Power, a leading provider of subsea power cable installation and maintenance services, has announced the award of a contract by Ormonde Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Vattenfall AB for the transportation, installation and testing of 132kV export and 33kV array submarine cables for Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm.

19 Aug 2009 John Manock
29 Botany Bay Cable Project on Track

The Botany Bay Cable Project is a key element of EnergyAustralia’s plans to provide a reliable supply of electricity to power users in the southern, eastern and inner suburbs of Sydney.

The project involves installing cables between substations at Kurnell and Matraville via Botany Bay and associated works at each of those substations.

The cable installation will be carried out through excavation in local road reserves, along with submarine cables across Botany Bay and bores beneath the Botany Bay National Park at La Perouse.

10 Aug 2009 John Manock
30 Memorandum of Understanding on the NordBalt Project signed

Sweden, Lithuania and Latvia have signed a memorandum of understanding concerning a non-commercial infrastructure project aimed at linking the Baltic and Nordic electricity markets.

Svenska Kraftnat (Sweden) and the public institution Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) signed the memorandum on behalf of the consortium with Lietuvos Energija AB, Latvenergo (Latvia), seeking to establish the objective to implement the project.

07 Aug 2009 John Manock
31 Seabed Power is Awarded Cable Installation for Wind Farm

Seabed Power, a leading provider of subsea power cable installation and maintenance services, announced the award of two contracts by DONG Walney (UK) Limited for the transportation and installation (laying and burial) of more than 92km 33kV array cables and 44 and 43km 132kV export cables in two different routes for Walney Offshore Wind Farm project.

Being constructed by Dong Energy, Walney Offshore Wind Farm is located in the East Irish Sea, west of Morecambe Bay, approximately 15km off the coastline of Walney Island and is an important element of the second round of wind development in United Kingdom.

07 Aug 2009 John Manock
32 Prysmian Wins Contract for Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm

Prysmian, a worldwide leading Group in the sector of cables and systems for energy and telecommunications, has been awarded a major project by Ormonde Energy Ltd (a Vattenfall AB owned company) for the development of submarine power cable connections for the new Ormonde Wind Farm project. The contract amounts to €27 million with the delivery of cables expected during 2010.

The Ormonde Wind Farm is located approximately 10km west of Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness, in the Irish Sea, and it is rated at 150MW. In particular, Prysmian is involved in

06 Aug 2009 John Manock
33 JDR Awarded Wave Hub Project
JDR Cables Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract for the supply of submarine power cables for the UK’s ground breaking Wave Hub project by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency).
22 Jul 2009
34 JDR Cable Systems Opens New Subsea Cable Facility for Offshore Renewables
JDR Cable Systems has opened its new deepwater quayside facility at Hartlepool dock in North East England.
21 Jul 2009
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1 Recent developments in Alcatel-Lucent Nokia merger

The merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia is a major event in the submarine fiber optic cable industry, particularly now that Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) will remain as part of the company. 

Because of this, we are starting a timeline of events related to the merger as it progresses.  Below are the events since the beginning of October, along with links for more information.  We will update this as the process continues.  

October 06, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent to retain undersea cables unit as wholly-owned subsidiary

October 07, 2015

Nokia announces planned leadership and organizational structure for combined Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent

October 19, 2015

Nokia receives clearance from China's Ministry of Commerce for proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent

October 21, 2015

Nokia announces receipt of all required regulatory approvals to proceed with the filing of its public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent

October 29, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Reports Q3 2015 Results

October 29, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent’s Board of Directors issues favorable opinion on public exchange offer filed by Nokia

03 Nov 2015 John Manock
2 Regulator Publishes Results of Study on Bahrain’s “Internet Ecosystem”

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain has issued an updated study on what it calls the “Internet Ecosystem” in Bahrain. The study, conducted by the Internet intelligence authority Renesys, is providing a comprehensive overview of the evolving relationships between Bahrain's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the international telecommunications carriers serving Bahrain and the Region.

17 Aug 2010 John Manock
3 Regulator Sets Conditions for Cable Station Access

A dispute involving access to a submarine cable landing station has been resolved by the national telecom regulator, stating that the need to fair and reasonable access to international cables is essential to the development of the broadband market.

15 Aug 2010 John Manock
4 New Player Files Anti-Competition Compliant

As competition increases throughout the telecommunications industry, the issue of monopoly control over submarine fiber optic cable capacity has once again come to the forefront.

20 Jul 2010 John Manock
5 TeleCuba Asks FCC for Waiver on Settlement Rate

IConnect Wholesale, Inc., d/b/a TeleCuba, has asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for a waiver of the International Settlements Policy (ISP) and the benchmark rate under the 1997 Benchmarks Policy for facilities-based telecommunications services between the United States and Cuba.

26 Apr 2010 John Manock
6 Bangladesh Government Looks at Submarine Cable Rules

A parliamentary standing committee for the Bangladesh Post and Telecommunications Ministry is looking into several proposals to improve the submarine cable market in the country.

19 Apr 2010 John Manock
7 Cambodia to Centralize Internet Bandwidth Provisioning

The Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has announced plans to open a domestic and international Internet exchange for the country in an effort to centralize Internet bandwidth provisioning.

18 Apr 2010 John Manock
8 India Liberalizes Rules for Involvement in Cable Consortia

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has liberalized the overseas investment rules for Indian companies wanting to become members of submarine cable consortia by extending the “automatic route” to investments.

01 Apr 2010 John Manock
9 Kenya Extends Bandwidth Capacity Support Deadline

The Kenya Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Board, the state corporation charged with developing and promoting the business process outsourcing sector (BPO), has extended the deadline for bandwidth capacity support to the BPO industry.

03 Mar 2010 John Manock
10 Kenya May Regulate Internet Prices

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) plans to begin regulating Internet prices in two months if operators do not reduce them on their own.

07 Feb 2010 John Manock
11 Kenya Looks to Connect with Ethiopia

The Kenyan and Ethiopian governments have entered into discussions to connect their respective national fiber optic backbones.  As we reported recently, a number of East African submarine cable operators are interested in connecting landlocked Ethiopia’s traffic to their cables.  The government of Kenya, which is an investor in one of the cables (TEAMS), also is interested in the connection with Ethiopia to add resiliency to its network.

04 Feb 2010 John Manock
12 Etisalat Calls for Flexibility in Telecom Laws and Regulations

Mohammed Omran, Etisalat’s Chairman, stressed the importance of flexibility in laws and legislation governing the telecommunications sector to help stimulate continued growth of the sector. This came during his participation at the ITU Telecom World conference, which is taking place under the theme "Open Networks – Connected Minds" in Geneva.

19 Oct 2009 John Manock
13 BSCCL Plans to Sell Unused International Bandwidth

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) plans to sell unused international bandwidth on the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable system to carriers in landlocked Nepal and Bhutan.  Both countries have already expressed interest in buying the Internet capacity.

18 Oct 2009 John Manock
14 Fiji Opens International Gateway Market

Fiji has opened its international gateway market, allowing new carriers to compete with Fiji International Telecommunications Ltd. (FINTEL).

14 Oct 2009 John Manock
15 Cote d'Ivoire Adds Tax on International Traffic

Cote d'Ivoire’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies has initiated a tax on all incoming international telecom traffic, including transit traffic.

20 Sep 2009 John Manock
16 ST Telemedia Looks to Acquire Eircom

STT Communications Ltd (STTC), a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia), has made an offer to buy leading Irish carrier Eircom Holdings Ltd.

20 Sep 2009 John Manock
17 Australia Proposes Historic Reforms to Telecommunications Regulation

The Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced fundamental reforms to existing telecommunications regulations in the interests of Australian consumers and businesses.

17 Sep 2009 John Manock
18 Botswana to Privatize BTC

The government of Botswana is planning to privatize Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC)', but will exclude the company’s trans-Kalahari fiber optic cable backbone.

13 Sep 2009 John Manock
19 FCC Unveils New Submarine Cable Fees

In the Submarine Cable Fee Order, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed its methodology for calculating regulatory fees for international submarine cable licensees.  This change in methodology became effective on July 15, 2009, after the 90-day congressional notification period expired.

08 Sep 2009 John Manock
20 Bahamian Government Issues Notice of Privatization
In an advertisement published on July 14 in several domestic and international publications, the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas issued a Notice of Privatization and announced the launch of the process to sell a 51% stake in The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. The Notice encourages interested parties to participate in the registration and pre-qualification process.
21 Jul 2009
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1 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 22, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

HGC, OTEGLOBE Join on Unique Asia-Europe Connectivity Solution

An agreement between OTE International Solutions S.A. (OTEGLOBE), the wholesale arm of OTE Group, and Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC), the fixed-line arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, was signed on 15 May 2017 in Chicago, during the International Telecoms Week Meeting.

21 May 2017 John Manock
2 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 19, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TTI, Telin Sign SEA-ME-WE 5 Capacity Exchange Agreement

Türk Telekom International (TTI) and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) signed a SEA-ME-WE 5 Capacity Exchange Agreement to explore joint business opportunities and geographic synergies between two leading telecommunications companies.

18 May 2017 John Manock
3 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 18, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SEAX-1 Cable System on Track for Q1 2018

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited and Super Sea Cable Networks Pte. Ltd (SEAX) announced the completion of offshore and inshore marine surveys covering the full route of its SEAX-1 submarine cable system between the Eastern seaboard of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

17 May 2017 John Manock
4 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 17, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Docomo Pacific Celebrates Start of Marine Lay of ATISA

Chalan Kanoa, Saipan-Docomo Pacific, announced the start of the marine lay for our ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system.

16 May 2017 John Manock
5 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 16, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki Nears Completion of Manufacturing Stage

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that new milestones have been reached in the manufacturing of Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system that will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands. The manufacturing progress, as well as continued advancement with the installation permitting process in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S., keeps Hawaiki on schedule for completion by mid-2018.

15 May 2017 John Manock
6 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 15, 2017

Technology

NEC Demonstrates 50 Tb on a Single Fiber over 11,000km

NEC Corporation announced that it has demonstrated a transmission capacity of 50.9 Terabits (Tb) per second on a single optical fiber, over a distance greater than 11,000km. This is the first time 50Tb have been achieved over 10,000km using C+L band erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA). Such a large capacity over that distance corresponds to a new record breaking capacity distance product of 570 Pb-km (Petabit per second-kilometer). NEC's commitment to pushing the benchmark 50Tb capacity to trans-pacific distances is in line with the current trend of increasing the reach of ultra-high capacity submarine cable segments.

14 May 2017 John Manock
7 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 12, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Palau Interconnect Agreement Signed in Guam

The Chairman of Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC), Mr. George Rechucher, recently signed an Interconnection Agreement with Globe Telecom’s CEO, Mr. Ernest Cu. At the same time the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communication & Infrastructure of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Mr. Lukner Weilbacher, signed a similar agreement with the Chief Technology Officer of Telin, Pak Nanang Hendarno. Signing of the agreements was witnessed by the President of Palau, His Excellency Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and the President of FSM, His Excellency Peter Christian, at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Guam.

11 May 2017 John Manock
8 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 11, 2017

Suppliers

TE SubCom introduces eLMS: A Redefined User Experience for Submarine Cable Line Monitoring

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, has announced the availability of eLMS (enhanced line monitoring system) its new customizable solution capable of providing continuous tracking of fault conditions and cable performance. Significant enhancements to the overall line monitoring user experience will enable cable operators to detect changes in cable performance without having to interpret raw data, supplying straightforward results and consistently efficient transmission.

11 May 2017 John Manock
9 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 10, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Infinera, Canalink Validate Infinite Capacity Engine Over Subsea Cable

Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced a successful subsea field test with Canalink across its subsea cable. The test, conducted with the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) and featuring Infinera’s fourth-generation photonic integrated circuit (PIC), demonstrated the capability to upgrade the cable capacity 13-fold.

09 May 2017 John Manock
10 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 9, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Spread Networks, Seaborn Team Up To Provide SeaSpeed™

Seaborn Networks, a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, announced that Spread Networks is Seaborn's exclusive channel partner for sales to the financial vertical on Seabras-1 between New Jersey and São Paulo. This includes sales of SeaSpeed™, Seaborn's proprietary ultra-low latency (ULL) solution providing the lowest latency path between Carteret, New Jersey and the BM&F Bovespa Stock Exchange in São Paulo, Brazil.

08 May 2017 John Manock
11 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 8, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Bangladesh, Myanmar Plan Cable Link

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) and Singapore-based Blueberry Telecom Pvt Ltd have announced plans for a submarine cable connection between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

07 May 2017 John Manock
12 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 5, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NEC Begins Construction of Links to Palau, Yap and Chuuk

NEC Corporation, together with Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC; Republic of Palau) and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), announced it has commenced construction of three submarine cable links that will connect the islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk to the rest of the world.

04 May 2017 John Manock
13 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 4, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2017.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

03 May 2017 John Manock
14 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 3, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2017.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

02 May 2017 John Manock
15 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 2, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is our latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2017.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

01 May 2017 John Manock
16 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for May 1, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2017.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

30 Apr 2017 John Manock
17 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 28, 2017

Submarine Power Cables

Emera Set to Install North America’s Longest Subsea Power Cables

The first of North America’s two longest submarine electricity cables has arrived in Atlantic Canada onboard the cable laying vessel the Skagerrak. Integral to Emera’s Maritime Link Project, these cables each measure 170 km and weigh 5,500 tonnes – combined, the two cables weigh more than the Eiffel Tower. The first cable was manufactured in Halden, Norway, while the second cable, which is expected to arrive in mid-May, was manufactured in Futtsu, Japan.

27 Apr 2017 John Manock
18 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 27, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SLT hosted Management Committee Meeting for SEAIOCMA and PIOCMA

During the period between the 21st and the 24th of March, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) hosted the Management Committee Meeting of two submarine cable maintenance consortiums at the Hotel Galadari in Colombo.

26 Apr 2017 John Manock
19 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 26, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ella-Link Formally Launched

The Ella-Link submarine cable connecting Brazil and Spain was formally launched in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The new cable system will improve the quality, and reliability of communications between South America and Europe.

25 Apr 2017 John Manock
20 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 25, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Docomo Pacific Receives Final Regulatory Permit for ATISA

In a significant regulatory milestone, the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has announced its approval of the last remaining major permit needed to begin deployment of Docomo Pacific, Inc’s ATISA submarine fiber-optic cable system. Following a comprehensive environmental impact study in which ACE consults with various federal resource agencies, this permit allows Docomo Pacific to proceed with the marine lay and shore landings for the submarine cable that will connect Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian.

24 Apr 2017 John Manock
21 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 24, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

RTI-C, NEC Begin Construction of HK-G System

RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C) and NEC Corporation announced that construction of the Hong Kong - Guam Cable system (HK-G) has officially commenced. The 3,900 kilometer undersea cable, featuring 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) optical transmission capabilities, will deliver design capacity of more than 48 terabits per second (Tbps), and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

23 Apr 2017 John Manock
22 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 21, 2017

Submarine Power Cables

Prysmian to Add Offshore Wind Cable Capabilities to UK Factory

Prysmian Group announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.

20 Apr 2017 John Manock
23 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 20, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Google Invests in INDIGO to Improve Cloud Infrastructure in Southeast Asia

The INDIGO submarine cable system was announced recently by a consortium of telecommunications companies (see SCW NewsFeed for April 7, 2017).  Google, a member of the consortium, described in a blog how INDIGO will allow improve Cloud infrastructure in the region.

19 Apr 2017 John Manock
24 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 19, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Manatua Agreement Signed

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Henry Puna and the Government of the Cook Islands welcomed the participants of the 21st Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) Annual General Meeting and Tradeshow to Rarotonga recently.  In congratulating PITA on this significant milestone, the Prime Minister acknowledged the Association for providing a vital forum for those involved with telecommunications in the Pacific, and a much needed Pacific voice in the international communications environment over the last 21 years.

18 Apr 2017 John Manock
25 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 18, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Superloop Welcomes Dan Whitford to the Team

Superloop appoints industry veteran, Dan Whitford, as General Manager Strategic Sales to drive critical network capacity sales in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Whitford joins the team from Vocus Communications where he held the position of General Manager of Wholesale, managing 40 people across three different sales teams.

17 Apr 2017 John Manock
26 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 17, 2017

Cable Outages

SEACOM Activates Capacity to Deal with Outage

SEACOM has been able to activate additional diverse capacity to its network today and as a result are starting to provide linear transmission customers with restoration capacity on a first come first serve basis. All customers whose service is being restored are being contacted directly to advise them of the status.

16 Apr 2017 John Manock
27 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 14, 2017

Technology

NTT Com to Deploy 400G between Data Centers

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, announced that they will begin deploying an ultra-large-capacity, space-saving and energy-saving 400Gbps (400G) optical transmission system in data centers for network connection. Deployment will be implemented sequentially from April 14th.

13 Apr 2017 John Manock
28 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 13, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Quintillion System Granted Landing License by FCC

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has granted a Cable Landing License to Quintillion Subsea Operations, LLC for the purpose of constructing, landing and operating a private fiber-optic submarine cable network, the Quintillion System, extending between Nome, Alaska and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The FCC also granted a Petition to Adopt Conditions to Authorizations and Licenses filed on March 27, 2017, by the Department of Homeland Security.

12 Apr 2017 John Manock
29 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 12, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Turnkey Network Development Agreement for South America Pacific Link (SAPL)

Ocean Networks, Inc. and Ocean Specialists, Inc. (OSI) announced that they have entered into an agreement for the further development and implementation of the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) Submarine Cable Network.

11 Apr 2017 John Manock
30 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 11, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Superloop Acquires SubPartners

Superloop Limited announced that it has acquired all the issued shares of SubPartners Pty Ltd. SubPartners was established to develop high performance secure international cable systems capable of providing improved connectivity between Australia and the rest of the world.

10 Apr 2017 John Manock
31 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 10, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

ASC on Target, Final Design Lockdown Agreed with ASN

Vocus Group Limited and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, have finalized the contractual documentation including the final technical specifications for the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC) system. This achieves the next major ASC project milestone.  It provides an optimized engineering scope to enable the system to move into full manufacturing mode at the ASN facility in Calais, France. ASC continues to run to the budget and schedule outlined in Vocus recent 1HFY17 results presentation.

09 Apr 2017 John Manock
32 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 7, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

INDIGO to provide connectivity for Australia, South East Asia

AARNet, Google, Indosat Ooredoo, Singtel, SubPartners and Telstra announced they have entered into an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build a new international subsea cable system that will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.

06 Apr 2017 John Manock
33 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 6, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2017.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Apr 2017 John Manock
34 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 5, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2017.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

04 Apr 2017 John Manock
35 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 4, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is our latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2017.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

03 Apr 2017 John Manock
36 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for April 3, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2017.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

02 Apr 2017 John Manock
37 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 31, 2017

Regulatory

PCCS Landing License Notification

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission received a notification filed March 6, 2017, of the pro forma assignment of the interest in the cable landing license for the Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS Cable System), held by Cable & Wireless (EWC) Limited (C&W EWC) to CWC New Cayman Limited (CWC New Cayman). C&W EWC, a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless Communications plc (C&W), holds a 14.8% ownership interest in the PCCS Cable system.

30 Mar 2017 John Manock
38 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 30, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TGA Enters Service

Spark, Vodafone and Telstra announced that the Tasman Global Access (TGA) cable is officially in service and ready to carry vast quantities of Internet traffic between New Zealand and the world.

29 Mar 2017 John Manock
39 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 29, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Globe Lands SEA-US Cable System in Davao City

Globe Telecom successfully landed over the weekend the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, bringing the company one step closer towards the provision of richer and enhanced international connectivity to businesses in Davao and the rest of the Philippines.

28 Mar 2017 John Manock
40 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 28, 2017

Technology

TE SubCom Sets Record for Transmission Capacity Using C&L Technology

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that it has demonstrated a new transmission record of 70.4 Tb/s capacity over 7,600 km. The record transmission is made possible utilizing SubCom’s newly available C+L technology, which includes amplifiers with nearly 10THz of usable optical bandwidth, a transmission line designed to minimize noise accumulation and maximize performance, a new transmission format using multi-dimensional coded modulation with hybrid probabilistic and geometrical constellation shaping, and digital signal processing featuring several stages of non-linear compensation. The results were announced at the Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) Conference 2017, which took place March 19-23 in Los Angeles, California.

27 Mar 2017 John Manock
41 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 27, 2017

SMART Cables

Workshop on SMART Cable Applications Held in Germany

We have written before about the SMART Cable initiative (see SCW NewsFeed for August 22-24, 2016), which proposes using commercial submarine fiber optic cable systems for scientific purposes by continuously collecting data from the seafloor.

26 Mar 2017 John Manock
42 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 24, 2017

Technology

Huawei Marine Presents Live Demo at OFC 2017

Huawei Marine presented a live demonstration of its ultra-long unrepeatered system at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) in Los Angeles.

23 Mar 2017 John Manock
43 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 23, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

CenturyLink and Level 3 Shareholders Approve Merger

CenturyLink, Inc. and Level 3 Communications, Inc. announce that shareholders of both companies overwhelmingly approved all proposals related to the companies' merger.

22 Mar 2017 John Manock
44 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 22, 2017

Cable Stations

NJFX to Expand Its Cable Landing Station Campus

NJFX, the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation campus that intersects where subsea cables from the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean meet, announces the expansion of its colocation campus in Wall, New Jersey. By expanding its campus an additional 48 acres, NJFX emphasizes its commitment to developing a tenant-driven community with purpose-built colocation and disaster recovery space, as well as its ability to accommodate space for future independent cable landing stations.

21 Mar 2017 John Manock
45 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 21, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

WIOCC Donation to Support Lion Conservation in Kenya

Africa’s carriers’ carrier and submarine cable system owner WIOCC is extending its support to African lions by donating 500,000 Kenyan Shillings-worth (equivalent to US$4,860) of much-needed drugs and consumables to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). These are for use in veterinary interventions, including the safe immobilization of lions prior to medical examinations or surgical procedures, or when lions require relocation back to areas of safety.

20 Mar 2017 John Manock
46 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 20, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

GTT Expands Product Portfolio with Optical Transport Services

GTT Communications, Inc. announced the launch of Optical Transport services. GTT’s Optical Transport provides highly scalable bandwidth and low latency connectivity, enabling seamless transport of high volume data and cloud-based applications between global financial markets, data centers, media hubs and service provider networks.

19 Mar 2017 John Manock
47 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 17, 2017

Suppliers

Prysmian Scores another World Record for Submarine Cable

Prysmian Group scores another world record after delivering the densest and highest fiber count underwater optical cable ever made. An underwater FlexTube® cable containing 1,728 optical fibers was successfully deployed by the Australian telecommunications provider Superloop for its TKO Express project, to provide broadband connection between the areas of Siu Sai Wan on Hong Kong Island and the data center hub of Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate on the mainland. The previous record was set in 2014, when Prysmian manufactured an underwater FlexTube® cable with 720 fibers.

 “We are extremely proud to be part of such an amazing project, to contribute to history by designing and making something that perfectly fits the need of our customer. Connecting Hong-Kong is connecting the world,” said Philippe Vanhille, Senior Vice President Telecom at Prysmian Group.

As Frederick Persson, CEO at Prysmian Australia said, “It required a strict coordination of resources and processes. We wanted to make sure our customer tight deadlines were achieved. We understood the significant, positive impact this cable had to their business in Hong Kong and we have delivered.”

To complete the project, Prysmian used its strength as a global manufacturer with effective intercompany cooperation. The base 1728f FlexTube® cable was made in Europe, in the Calais, France factory. It was then airfreighted to Australia to apply additional layers of moisture barriers and aluminum tape in the Dee Why, Sydney factory. To ensure that the cable was up to the rigors of being buried up to 5m in to the Hong Kong seabed, double armoring layers of wrapped steel wires were applied. A final sheath was applied at the Group’s Liverpool plant, located west of Sydney. The project commenced over two years ago with the first design of the cable. The manufacturing process took almost six months, shipping the cable to Hong Kong early last December.

“Prysmian has been able to manufacture the densest and most compact underwater cable ever made thanks to the co-operation between local and overseas Prysmian affiliates, combined with our specific technical requirements,” said Matt Whitlock COO at Superloop. “Seeing the cable being manufactured in France, processed in two different plants in Australia and then transported on a plane to Hong Kong was simply fantastic. Prysmian has proven its ability to master the engineering challenges of submarine cable construction and installation and then to deliver a 15T drum on time.” Mr. Whitlock added.

“It was a logistics challenge indeed,” continues Frederick Persson, “airfreighting a drum weighing 15 Tonnes was something that we have never done before. But we mastered it and the drum was successfully delivered to the TKO Port three days before the promised date. It has been definitely great success for both companies.”

With this project Prysmian continues to prove that it truly is a global manufacturer that leverages on its worldwide knowledge and capabilities to respond to the always growing technological challenges.

Cable Stations

Flexenclosure to Deploy eCentre Cable Station in Palau

Internet infrastructure specialist Flexenclosure has taken a firm grip on the cable landing station market in the Pacific region with a second order in as many weeks.  Flexenclosure today announced that it will deliver a cable landing station to Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) in Palau.  Last month, Flexenclosure announced a separate deal for two cable landing stations in Samoa.

BSCC have ordered Flexenclosure’s eCentre CLS solution to terminate the island nation’s connection to the SEA-US trans-Pacific cable.  The SEA-US project will connect Indonesia to California via the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii, and will provide Palau with its first ever direct fibre connection to the rest of the world.

Construction of the eCentre at Flexenclosure’s factory in Sweden has already been completed.  The facility is now en route to Palau where deployment is planned for the spring of this year.

”Being able to finally introduce reliable high speed Internet services to the nation’s 21,000 inhabitants is of huge importance to Palau, as the country is only connected via satellite today,” said George Rechucher, Chairman of BSCC.  ”This has been a very long time coming and will help to transform Palau into a more globally engaged society.”

“Flexenclosure is a global leader in data center facilities and we’re confident their eCentre cable landing station provides the ideal solution for us.”

On 27th February Flexenclosure announced an order for two cable landing stations from Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (SSCC) where they will terminate the new submarine TUI-Samoa cable, connecting Samoa, Fiji, and Wallis and Futuna.

“We are delighted to be expanding our presence in the Pacific with this new facility for BSCC,” said David King, CEO, Flexenclosure.  ”It reinforces not only the supreme versatility of our eCentre product, but also our commitment to the Pacific region and our ability to deliver projects to some of the most remote communities on the planet.”

Flexenclosure is a specialist in prefabricated eCentre cable landing stations specifically for the submarine cable industry.  They can be built to accommodate permanent staff or to be unmanned 24 x7 facilities.  And with eCentre’s modular construction, facilities can easily be expanded to accommodate additional equipment as data traffic grows, all without interrupting on-going operations.

Flexenclosure has pioneered the deployment of prefabricated data center technology into many developing nations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as managing projects in Europe.  The upcoming eCentre deployments in Palau and Samoa firmly cement Flexenclosure’s presence in the Pacific region.

Data Centers

Ascenty Raises Funding for New Data Centers

Ascenty, a leader in the Brazilian data center market, has contracted 5-year syndicated financing in the amount of US$190 million led by financial institutions ING and Itaú BBA. In addition, two other international financial institutions participated in the financing. With this new transaction, the company obtained funds to finance investments for its expansion, as well as refinanced the existing debt, reducing the cost of financing.

"We chose to hire new financing to assist us in the company's expansion planning. In 2017, we will launch five new data centers, which will be responsible for supplying the demand for services of high standard of excellence in the area of technology in the most diverse areas of Brazil. In a challenging economic moment like the one we are going through in the country, new financing means proof of great results last year and a renewed focus on Ascenty's sound expansion, "said Chris Torto, CEO of Ascenty.

Ascenty is Brazil's largest data center infrastructure company with five data centers in operation and four new data centers under construction. The company has four units in the state of São Paulo - in the cities of São Paulo, Jundiaí, Campinas and Hortolândia - and one in the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza (CE). In operation since 2010, the company has data centers certified by the main worldwide certification bodies. All units are interconnected by their own 3.900 km fiber optic network.

Conferences

2017 International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF) – April 19-21st

Don’t miss the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s fourth annual International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF). The IPF is the number one technical conference for offshore wind in the United States dedicated to moving the industry forward. Attending the IPF gives you the opportunity to network with the industry’s leading global experts, generate new business opportunities, strengthen the U.S. offshore wind supply chain and directly shape the offshore wind industry.

The biggest names in offshore wind — Dong Energy, Vattenfall, wpd, Deepwater Wind, U.S. Wind, OffshoreMW, LeedCo and Fishermen Energy — will be at the 2017 IPF. Register today at www.2017IPF.com. #2017ipf.

Conferences

International Connectivity and Cables Conference – 25-26 April 2017

Venue: Dubai, UAE.  Meet and network with leading telecom operators and OTTs including du, Etisalat, Omantel, Saudi Telecom Company, Yahoo, Angola Cables, OTEGlobe S.A, PCCW Global and more who will discuss their projects, future plans and requirements. For more information please contact enquiry@iqpc.ae.

16 Mar 2017 John Manock
48 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 16, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Cambodia’s First Submarine Cable Launched

Telcotech, a subsidiary of EZECOM, and partners Malaysia Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Symphony Communication of Thailand celebrated the momentous launching of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) Submarine Cable System and Landing Station in Cambodia. Huawei Marine, a global submarine network solution provider, was contracted to design and deploy the system.

15 Mar 2017 John Manock
49 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 15, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NJFX CEO Speaks to Subsea Connectivity at Capacity LATAM

NJFX, the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation campus that intersects where subsea cables from the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean meet, announces that its Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gil Santaliz, will be attending, sponsoring and speaking at Capacity LATAM 2017, being held at the Sheraton Rio Hotel & Resort in Rio de Janeiro, from March 28 – 29, 2017. Now in its fourteenth year, Capacity LATAM provides its participants with ideal opportunities to network, foster business partnerships and discuss critical industry issues and trends relating to the Latin American region.

14 Mar 2017 John Manock
50 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 14, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Angola Cables Peering at NAPAfrica

Angola Cables has chosen NAPAfrica in South Africa as its peering point. NAPAfrica is an Internet exchange point located in all Teraco data center facilities, providing peering across sub-Saharan Africa. It boasts over 240 unique connected networks and 140Gbps of peering traffic.

13 Mar 2017 John Manock
51 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 13, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TIME dotCom Plans to Invest in Symphony

TIME dotCom Berhad announced that it has submitted a strategic investment proposal to the Board of Directors of Symphony Communication Public Company Limited, one of the leading publicly listed fixed-line telecommunication service providers in Thailand and consortium member of the MCT submarine cable.

12 Mar 2017 John Manock
52 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 10, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Alaska Communications Contracts with Quintillion Fiber Access

Native corporations, government agencies, health care clinics and schools in Northwest Alaska will have access to competitive, high-speed, reliable broadband and managed IT services for the first time, thanks to a new agreement between Alaska Communications and Quintillion. Powered by Quintillion’s new submarine fiber optic cable, Alaska Communications will bring new services to Utqiavik (formerly known as Barrow), Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope and Wainwright, some of Alaska’s northernmost communities.

09 Mar 2017 John Manock
53 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 9, 2017

Marine Services

Global Marine Expands Its Fleet

Global Marine Systems Limited announced the addition of the 6,200 ton cable deadweight CS Recorder to its existing fleet of vessels.  Built in 2000, the vessel formerly known as the Maersk Recorder, has previously been chartered by Global Marine for numerous cable installation projects and has since successfully completed work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors.  The newly named CS Recorder is intended to support the telecoms installation business growth over the next 5-10 years, with a number of critical projects scheduled during 2018, 2019 and 2020.

08 Mar 2017 John Manock
54 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 8, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Retelit, BICS Launch New Route through Italy for AAE-1

Retelit and BICS have announced an innovative joint connectivity solution that will bridge Europe, via Bari in Italy, to Singapore and Hong Kong through the AAE-1 subsea cable system.

07 Mar 2017 John Manock
55 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 7, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Manatua Project to Connect Polynesian Islands

Government leaders from French Polynesia, New Zealand, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Niue have announced Manatua, a new submarine cable system that will serve Polynesia.

06 Mar 2017 John Manock
56 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 6, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2017.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Mar 2017 John Manock
57 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 3, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2017.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

03 Mar 2017 John Manock
58 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 2, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the first listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2017.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

01 Mar 2017 John Manock
59 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for March 1, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2017.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

28 Feb 2017 John Manock
60 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 28, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TKO Express Cable Installation in Pictures

It may be one of the shortest submarine fiber optic cables around, but Superloop’s TKO Express has to be one of the most photographed.  As we noted last week, the cable has been installed between Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island and the data center hub of Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate on the mainland.  While short in distance (less than a dozen kilometers), it is the largest submarine cable installed to date in terms of fiber count, with 1,728 optical fibers. 

27 Feb 2017 John Manock
61 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 27, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Samoa Submarine Cable Project Starts in Savai'i

The Government of Samoa, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank, and the Government of Australia launched the Savai’i component of the new $57.4 million submarine cable system, which will deliver affordable high-speed Internet access to Samoa.

26 Feb 2017 John Manock
62 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 24, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

PT Telkom Enhances JASUKA with Coriant Technology

Coriant announced that PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) has deployed Coriant’s best-in-class coherent optical transport and universal switching technology as part of a nationwide upgrade to its fiber-based backbone network. Completed at the end of 2016, the network modernization initiative will improve the performance and increase the capacity of Telkom’s terrestrial and subsea optical transport infrastructure to meet growing demand for high-bandwidth mobile and fixed line services and applications.

23 Feb 2017 John Manock
63 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 22, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Superloop Completes Hong Kong Network

Superloop Limited announced that the marine installation of TKO Express, the Group’s new low-latency domestic submarine cable between Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island and the data center hub of Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate on the mainland, is complete. Cable installation at the TKO beach manhole occurred on 18 February, with full end-to-end testing of the cable to commencing on the next day.

22 Feb 2017 John Manock
64 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 23, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ericsson, Telstra Demonstrate Secure Encryption over 10Gbps Intercontinental Link

Ericsson and Telstra have successfully demonstrated the ability to encrypt data securely while in transit between Los Angeles and Melbourne at 10Gbps, using Ciena’s ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution.

22 Feb 2017 John Manock
65 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 21, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Cinia Interconnects C-Lion-1 with Russian Carrier

Cinia Group announced an interconnection agreement with TTK, one of Russia’s largest communications providers. The result is the fastest and lowest latency data connection yet between European and Asian countries.

20 Feb 2017 John Manock
66 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 20, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Retelit Joins the Open Hub Med Consortium

Retelit confirmed its interest in the Mediterranean, joining the “Open Hub Med” (OHM) project, with an investment of Euro 100,000 for acquisition of 9.52% of the consortium share capital.

19 Feb 2017 John Manock
67 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 17, 2017

Suppliers

H.I.G. Capital Acquires Assets of Xtera

H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with over €20 billion of equity capital under management, announced that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Xtera Communications, Inc., a provider of innovative and bespoke subsea fiber optic solutions. H.I.G. previously provided debtor-in-possession financing to the Xtera debtors in connection with the chapter 11 case.

16 Feb 2017 John Manock
68 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 16, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Survey to Begin on Southern Cross NEXT Route

Southern Cross Cables and EGS are to begin surveying the route of the $350 million Southern Cross NEXT undersea cable project.

15 Feb 2017 John Manock
69 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 15, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

ESCA Announces Findings Subsea Cable Impact Study

As an island nation the United Kingdom is reliant on subsea cable infrastructure for international communications and increasingly for power from offshore wind/continental imports.

14 Feb 2017 John Manock
70 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 14, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

BIG Holds Ceremony for Brunei Cable Landing

Brunei International Gateway Sdn Bhd (BIG) marked the landing of a new submarine cable system at Tungkuon January 17. 

13 Feb 2017 John Manock
71 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 13, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Malta 2017 Budget Includes Two Cables

The government of Malta plans to continue its development of two news submarine cable projects – a second cable between Malta and Gozo (the second largest island in the Malta Archipelago) and a new international cable connecting Malta and France.

12 Feb 2017 John Manock
72 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 10, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TSC and OSI Comment on Asia Pacific Network Development

Remote island markets in the South and Central Pacific are being connected to the global submarine cable network at an increasing pace. This paper looks at the reasons behind this development and what the future holds.

09 Feb 2017 John Manock
73 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 9, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Groundbreaking Held for Samoa Landing Station

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Samoa Submarine Cable Company’s (SSCC) landing station for the Tui Samoa Submarine Cable took place at the Samoa College Hostel Compound, Vaivase, on February 6. 

08 Feb 2017 John Manock
74 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 8, 2017

Cable Protection

Protecting Telstra’s Subsea Cable Network

A vast network of submarine fiber optic cables carries more than 99 percent of international data traffic. So to keep people around the world connected, it is vital that these cables are safeguarded – although this presents a constant challenge.

07 Feb 2017 John Manock
75 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 7, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ooredoo Tunisia Lands in Sparkle’s Sicily Hub

Sparkle, the International Services arm of TIM Group, and Ooredoo Global Services, the wholesale arm of Ooredoo, have announced that Ooredoo Tunisia, a subsidiary of Ooredoo Group has successfully expanded its reach into Sparkle Sicily Hub, providing the company with a new Point of Presence in Europe and offering an enhanced data experience for consumers and businesses.

06 Feb 2017 John Manock
76 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 6, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our first review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2017.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Feb 2017 John Manock
77 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 3, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our first monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2017.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

02 Feb 2017 John Manock
78 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 2, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the first listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2017.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

01 Feb 2017 John Manock
79 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for February 1, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our first monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2017.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

In the event that a contract award is never publicly announced, projects will be included when there are published reports that the installation of the system has begun or has been completed.

January has been a difficult month to calculate contract awards.  Only one contract was announced that meets our criteria for listing – the Hong Kong-Guam Cable System (HK-G) awarded to NEC.  There were, however, other reports involving contract awards for systems the Solomon Islands, Kuril Islands and Okinawa Islands.  We have not been able to confirm these reports with a press release or other documentation as yet.  We will add these as soon as we get confirmation. 

The following table lists the contract awards for 2017:

Project Route-km Month Supplier
HK-G 3,900 January NEC
Total for 2016 3,900    

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

E-Marine Completes Avassa Installation

E-marine announced that, in collaboration with Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd., it has successfully completed the 260-km Avassa Submarine Cable System marine installation in Comoros Islands. To provide marine installation services, E-marine deployed its 126-meter CS Maram vessel, the most modern ‘Green Plus’ and first-ever eco-friendly cable ship in the world, for the cable lay operation.

The project involved the laying of two submarine cables – one linking Mayotte to Mutsamudu in Anjouan Island, and the other linking Moroni to Chindini in Grande Comores. The landing party at Moroni, Chindini and Mutsamudu was Comores Telecom and STOI at Mayotte.

Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of E-marine, said, “With more than three decades of experience and market leadership in submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair services, and regional know-how, E-marine was best suited to partner with Huawei Marine on this project. From mobilization of CS Maram to voyage and arrival at Moroni, and undertaking of the cable installation project to its completion, our team of highly qualified and experienced professionals ensured a highly smooth and successful project. We are extremely proud to have played a key role in the project and successfully completed marine installation for it.”

Zhang Hongxiang, Project Director of Huawei Marine, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with E-Marine to deploy this project. The highly-experienced team of E-Marine ensured successful installation and helped us to better serve our client.”

Data Centers

Servers.com Launches New Data Center in Hong Kong

Servers.com has launched a new data center in Hong Kong. Servers.com is expanding its presence in the APAC by collaborating with key regional players: a new data center, situated at the newest China Unicom facility, offers direct connectivity and low latency access to mainland China. Servers.com's Hong Kong data center is connected to China Unicom, PCCW Global and NTT networks. Servers.com is also a participant of HK-IX.

The new location has direct connectivity with Servers.com's existing data centers in Amsterdam and Singapore. Dedicated servers in Hong Kong are already available for purchasing. Additionally, all key products of the company are united in hybrid cloud-ready environments, including a free Global Private Network connecting all Servers.com data centers, including Hong Kong.

"The opening of the Hong Kong data center is a very important step to establishing our position in the Asian market. We launched the Singapore data center in mid-2016 and, based on the success of that center, we are looking forward to continued growth in the Asian market. We are looking forward to providing collaborative customized solutions at cost-competitive rates to the Chinese market," states Nick Dvas, Servers.com Chief Operating Officer.

31 Jan 2017 John Manock
80 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 31, 2017

Marine Services

SMD Wins Contract with SBSS to Provide Cable Plough

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the signature of a contract with S.B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (SBSS) for the design, manufacture and delivery of the next generation MD3XT submarine telecom cable plough. The complete plough system will come equipped with an optical umbilical and SMD purpose-designed and manufactured umbilical winch. This will be supplied together with the control and power cabins to provide a complete turnkey solution.

30 Jan 2017 John Manock
81 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 30, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

FCC Approves NCP License

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a Cable Landing License to Microsoft Infrastructure Group, LLC, et al., for the purpose of landing and operating a non-common carrier fiber-optic submarine cable system, connecting the continental United States, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan, and has granted the Petition to Adopt Conditions to Authorizations and Licenses filed on January 12, 2017, by the Department of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Department of Justice.

29 Jan 2017 John Manock
82 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 27, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki Cable Welcomes NZ Govt’s UFB Commitment

Hawaiki Submarine Cable welcomes the New Zealand Government’s announcement that it is rolling out faster Internet to more than 150 additional towns all across the country and has allocated $300m to the next stage of the nationwide ultrafast fiber broadband (UFB) network.

26 Jan 2017 John Manock
83 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 26, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

ECSA Releases Report on Impact of Cable Infrastructure in the UK

As an island nation, the United Kingdom is reliant on subsea cable infrastructure for international communications and increasingly for power from offshore wind/continental imports.

25 Jan 2017 John Manock
84 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 25, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SEA-US Selects CoreSite’s Los Angeles Data Center Campus

CoreSite Realty Corporation announced that CoreSite will be the access point for the SEA-US Trans-Pacific Cable System in its Los Angeles data center campus. SEA-US’s Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE) will be hosted by CoreSite and directly connect the West Coast of the U.S. with Indonesia and the Philippines, including Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines; Piti in the territory of Guam; as well as Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), Hawaii. The SEA-US cable system addresses the traffic demands for broadband and mobile content on the trans-Pacific route with unmatched latency from Indonesia to the United States.

24 Jan 2017 John Manock
85 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 24, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Sparkle Supports SEA-ME-WE 5 Recent Launch

Sparkle, the international services arm of TIM Group, announces that its advanced connectivity solutions on SEA-ME-WE 5 are available between Palermo, Marseille, Djibouti and Singapore, and that Palermo Sicily Hub is one of the three innovative options of direct landing into open telehouses, together with Marseille and Singapore.

23 Jan 2017 John Manock
86 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 23, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NEC Supplies System Connecting Hong Kong and Guam

NEC Corporation announced the signing of a contract with RTI Connectivity, private cable developers established by US entrepreneurs in Singapore for the optical submarine cable business, to supply a high capacity optical submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

22 Jan 2017 John Manock
87 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 20, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Quintillion Selects Ciena for New Alaskan Subsea Cable

Anchorage-based Quintillion is deploying Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform to support the first phase of its 15,000-kilometer intercontinental subsea fiber system that is planned to connect Europe and Asia by way of the Alaskan and Canadian Arctic. With power and space limitations in the North American Arctic, the compact size and low power consumption benefits of the 8700 efficiently provides a scalable, secure and reliable solution.

19 Jan 2017 John Manock
88 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 19, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

IFCS, Tiger Infrastructure to Build Ireland-France Cable

Ireland-France Subsea Cable Limited (IFSC) announced a partnership with Tiger Infrastructure Partners to finance and construct IFC-1, a submarine fiber-optic cable system that will be the first and only direct subsea cable between Ireland and France.  The transaction is expected to close following customary regulatory approval and other conditions precedent.  Further financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

18 Jan 2017 John Manock
89 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 18, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiian Telcom Announces SEA-US Cable Has Secured FCC License

Hawaiian Telcom announced that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved the landing license for the state-of-the-art Southeast Asia – U.S. (SEA-US) fiber cable system. This key milestone enables the connection between the U.S. and Indonesia.

17 Jan 2017 John Manock
90 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 17, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki Survey Completed, Manufacturing & Permitting Progress Swiftly

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced the completion of the route survey for Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Additionally, cable and repeater manufacturing for the system continues unabated at SubCom’s Newington, N.H. USA facility, while the permitting process for implementation of Hawaiki is progressing as planned. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii and American Samoa, with options to expand to several other South Pacific islands.

16 Jan 2017 John Manock
91 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 16, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

CAT Launches APG to Meet “Skyrocketing” Demand

CAT Telecom has announced that it has launched services on the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) cable system, a 10,900-kilometer cable linking Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.

15 Jan 2017 John Manock
92 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 13, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Southern Cross Goes Elastic

Southern Cross Cable Network announced the availability of its Trans-Pacific Gigaflex elastic capacity offerings, designed to make life easier for smaller operators and the Pacific Islands.

12 Jan 2017 John Manock
93 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 12, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TE SubCom Begins Manufacturing C+L Repeater Technology

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, has begun manufacturing of C+L optical transmission technology, a significant advancement for cable system operators seeking ultra-wide, low-latency transmission. C+L technology effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber pair. A second length of Erbium-doped fiber in the undersea repeaters provides amplification and support for wavelengths on the long wavelength side of the traditional C-band for telecommunications applications. While an evolutionary step in fiber-based amplification technology, C+L technology, which TE SubCom is currently manufacturing for a contracted system that is scheduled for activation in 2018, provides a revolutionary step in available fiber and undersea cable transmission capacity.

11 Jan 2017 John Manock
94 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 11, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

GTT Completes Acquisition of Hibernia Networks

GTT Communications, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high-speed network connectivity solutions and owner of terrestrial and subsea fiber assets.

10 Jan 2017 John Manock
95 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 10, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ooredoo Maldives Cable Paves Way for 4G+ Network

On December 15, Ooredoo inaugurated its Nationwide Submarine Cable, an important investment by the company to strengthen its networks, as part of its commitment to power a Digital Maldives.

09 Jan 2017 John Manock
96 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 9, 2017

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Cinia to Extend C-Lion-1 to Hanko

Cinia Group and investment group C-Fiber Hanko have signed a cooperation agreement to enable the construction of a branch connection to Hanko from C-Lion-1 submarine data cable between Germany and Finland. The target of the municipalities and enterprises in Hanko and Raasepori region is to become a significant node for international data traffic along with Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Helsinki. The new connection will increase the attractiveness of Western Uusimaa region for new businesses and create new employment opportunities. For Cinia, the Hanko branch connection will create new routing options.

08 Jan 2017 John Manock
97 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 6, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our final review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2016.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Jan 2017 John Manock
98 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 5, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our final monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2016.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

04 Jan 2017 John Manock
99 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 4, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the final listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2016.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

03 Jan 2017 John Manock
100 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for January 3, 2017

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our final monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2016.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

02 Jan 2017 John Manock
101 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 22, 2016

Holiday Schedule

The NewsFeed will be off for the holiday season beginning Friday, December 23.  It will return on January 3, 2017. 

21 Dec 2016 John Manock
102 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 21, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Announces Completion of Cable System

The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium announced the completion of the 20,000-kilometer subsea cable infrastructure developed by a 16-nation consortium. This submarine cable system won the Project of the Year – Subsea award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris in November 2016 for its technological and managerial excellence.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fiber pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable’s advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

“The completion of the SE-ME-WE 5 project is a landmark system upgrade for all data users worldwide. This system facilitates a new age of digital transformation and innovation, catalyzing greater economic activities, trade and growth across three continents,” noted Linette Lee, Chairperson, SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Management Committee. “I would like to thank all the members of the consortium for their unstinting support and commitment toward this project. Together, we collaborated across different time zones and overcame numerous challenges to achieve the complex integration of technologies as promised and on time.”

Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium: Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA).

Aqua Comms Executives to Speak at PTC’17

Aqua Comms DAC announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Bayliff, and Head of Network Engineering, Jol Paling, will speak at PTC’17.  The event takes place January 15-18, 2017, at the Hilton Hawaiian® Waikiki Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.

On Sunday, January 15 at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Bayliff will join executives from Microsoft, TelePacific Communications, EdgeConneX® and Digital Realty for a roundtable titled, “Key Business and Legal Issues Associated With Delivering Content to the Edge.” Given the heightened demand for mobile applications, the proliferation of the cloud and the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), there is an increasing need for content to be available at the edge of the network, closer to the end-user. Much of the industry’s attention has been focused on edge network architectures from a technical standpoint, but as more content is distributed to the edge, players throughout the industry are building strategic relationships to enhance service quality and remain competitive. Mr. Bayliff will examine the key issues to consider when entering strategic alliances, common pitfalls to avoid and contracting best practices.

“Aqua Comms is pleased to participate in a discussion of the importance of building strategic relationships across various sectors of the industry to ensure quality of service and commercial viability when delivering content to the edge of the network,” states Nigel Bayliff, CEO, Aqua Comms.  “Since AEConnect, Aqua Comms’ next-generation transatlantic subsea network, went live in January 2016, we have entered a number of partnerships with global data centers, interconnection services providers and terrestrial networks.  Hence, we recognize from experience that these alliances, while requiring careful execution, are critical both from a technological and business perspective.”

On Tuesday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m., Mr. Paling will join executives from Ciena®, Hibernia Networks, AlohaNAP, Infinera and Equinix for a roundtable titled, “Convergence of Undersea and Terrestrial Networks — Where the Land and Sea Unite!”  With the increasing demand for direct data center to data center connectivity over the last few years, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of submarine systems designed to allow the placement of the transmission equipment in major cities, rather than in traditional cable landing station locations.  This trend has continued with ever-longer terrestrial routes, to the extent that subsea networks simply become another amplifier segment on a wider integrated terrestrial/subsea network.  During the roundtable, Mr. Paling will discuss network protection mechanisms and the impact that extending the network has had on achievable traffic capacity, and how new technologies, including 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation), will be applied to realize this increased capacity.

“As we’ve observed with our own transatlantic subsea fiber-optic network, building these larger systems brings ever-increasing challenges with respect to the technical and commercial considerations of PoP to PoP connectivity,” comments Mr. Paling.  “It’s therefore imperative to explore new technologies capable of extending the network’s traffic capacity, while considering the physical infrastructure requirements, project challenges and costs of reaching subsea networks further into the terrestrial domain.”

International Carriers

Liquid Telecom Receives Approval for Neotel Acquisition

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, which is majority-owned by Econet Global, has received unconditional approval from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for the ZAR 6.55 billion acquisition of South African communications network operator Neotel. This follows approval from South Africa’s Competition Commission during October 2016.

Liquid Telecom’s partner, South African investment group Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH), will own a 30% stake in Neotel. Liquid Telecom expects financial close to occur during the first quarter of 2017.

The combined network assets and service platforms will give Liquid Telecom unrivalled reach across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, enabling it to offer access via a single connection to over 40,000km of cross border, national and metro fiber networks across 12 countries.

Liquid Telecom will invest in Neotel’s products and services in order to support the rising demand for network services in South Africa and other African countries. Neotel will also benefit from Liquid Telecom’s pan-African experience and technology leadership, helping to enhance systems and processes across its operations as well as drive profitability.

The transaction will transform Liquid Telecom’s presence in South Africa, where Liquid Telecom’s growing base of corporate and enterprise customers will benefit from Neotel’s extended services portfolio and advanced network reach.

The deal for Neotel continues a period of accelerated growth for Liquid Telecom, which has combined strategic acquisitions, such as the recent joint venture in Botswana and the acquisition of Tanzania’s leading ISP Raha, with ongoing investment in the rollout of fiber.

The transaction provides a scalable platform for further long-term growth, enabling Liquid Telecom to deliver on its vision of a more connected Africa.

Neotel has fully redundant backhaul fiber to landing stations with access to all five of the international subsea cables serving South Africa (SAT-3, SAFE, SEACOM, EASSy and WACS). It is either an owner or landing partner on all these cable systems. Liquid Telecom also owns significant international subsea capacity, and is building its own subsea cable linking the east coast of Africa, Liquid Sea.

Conferences

Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017

Following the successful launch of its first edition, the 2nd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017 will be held on the 30-31 January 2017 in Dubai, UAE. It will provide a specialized platform for the GCC to support knowledge-share between marine stakeholders, authorities, consultant and experts to gain insight into data acquisition, marine solutions and innovations to integrate and optimize the use of technology in marine projects (oil and gas, islands construction, canals, ports) and to share data between all professionals of this sector, regionally and worldwide.

The 2nd Annual Marine Data Infrastructure GCC 2017 is crafted to enable best practices benchmarking, to provide insight into international and regional case studies, to analyze operations approaches processes and methods, to integrate new technology and to share marine data.

Find out more: www.marinedatainfrastructuregcc.com.

UDT Asia

UDT Asia – Developing naval capability to match evolving regional challenges. UDT Asia is the region's meeting place for the exploration of the latest innovations, challenges and future requirements of the Undersea Defence sector. UDT Asia 2016 welcomed over 165 senior experts from all corners of the industry meet in Singapore for a highly productive two day conference and exhibition. In 2017 the show is set to grow as we look to define the regional requirements in this burgeoning market.

UDT Asia's dedicated conference and exhibition focuses on the cutting edge technologies and developments in: submarine technologies; anti-submarine warfare; mine warfare; and critical developments in delivering security in the underwater environment. The latter includes counter-terrorism, drug trafficking and critical national infrastructure protection in this most challenging environment.

Over 250 delegates will meet at UDT Asia to discover the latest technologies and innovations in the industry from leading suppliers including SALT, Trelleborg, Ametek, Vert Rotors, Bartington and Image Soft.

Find out more: www.udt-asia.com.

20 Dec 2016 John Manock
103 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 20, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Nexans to Supply Cable for Cameroon-Brazil Cable

Huawei Marine Networks has awarded Nexans the contract to supply 6000 km of their second generation submarine Repeatered Optical Cables (ROC) for Phase II of the National Broadband Network (“NBNII”) project linking Cameroon and Brazil. This project will be Nexans’ first intercontinental project and will help to meet the growing data connectivity needs of the African and South American continents.

19 Dec 2016 John Manock
104 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 19, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ooredoo, Huawei Marine Inaugurate National Submarine Cable in Maldives

Ooredoo Maldives and Huawei Marine have announced the inauguration of Ooredoo’s Nationwide Submarine Cable, an important investment by Ooredoo Maldives to strengthen its networks, as part of its commitment to power a Digital Maldives. Azleen Ahmed, Home Minister of Maldives, Wang Fukang, Chinese Ambassador to Maldives and more than 200 guests attended the event.

18 Dec 2016 John Manock
105 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 16, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

MCT Reaches Implementation Stage

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) announced another important milestone for the development of Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand (MCT) submarine cable system with the commencement of cable laying works in Cherating, Pahang. The cable laying works from Malaysia to Cambodia and Thailand, spanning 1,300 kilometers is expected to be completed and to be in service by 1st quarter of 2017.

15 Dec 2016 John Manock
106 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 15, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hexatronic Wins Submarine Cable Order

Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems has secured an important fiber optic submarine cable order. The contract is one of the largest the company has received and the main part of the delivery will be performed during next year.  The order is worth 22 million SEK.

14 Dec 2016 John Manock
107 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 14, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki Selects Mirait for Terrestrial Route in Sydney

Mirait Technologies Australia has signed a contract with Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system, for the build of key terrestrial infrastructure in Sydney.

13 Dec 2016 John Manock
108 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 13, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Seaborn Launches Low Latency Route

Seaborn Networks announced the introduction of SeaSpeed™, the lowest latency point-to-point solution between Carteret, New Jersey, and São Paulo, Brazil. This new offering, available exclusively from Seaborn, sets a new ultra-low latency standard between the financial centers of North America and South America.

12 Dec 2016 John Manock
109 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 12, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Report finds support for the North-East Passage cable

Constructing a telecommunications cable between Europe and Asia via the North-East Passage would be politically and technologically feasible, says a report presented to Finland's Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner by Paavo Lipponen and Reijo Svento. If the project was carried out, the cable would significantly speed up telecommunications between Europe and Asia and respond to the increasing capacity needs. It would also benefit the national economies in Europe, Russia and Asia.

12 Dec 2016 John Manock
110 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 9, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

World Bank approves Fiji Connectivity Project

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors have approved US$5.95 million in funding for the Fiji Connectivity Project, which aims to reduce the cost and increase the availability of Internet services in the Pacific Island nation.

08 Dec 2016 John Manock
111 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 8, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

CTG selects DDC as strategic hub for Pan-African expansion

China Telecom Global (CTG), the international operating subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, has selected the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) to help facilitate network expansion, co-location and submarine fiber cable access services in East Africa.

07 Dec 2016 John Manock
112 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 7, 2016

Note on Ocean News & Technology

I want to take a moment to mention one of our sister publications, Ocean News & Technology.  The magazine is being re-launched in January with a new look and a greater emphasis on features.  It also will take advantage of opportunities presented by digital publishing technologies, including video.  In fact, the January issue will only be available in digital format. 

I would like to encourage you to check out ONT in January.  Subscriptions are free to qualified subscribers working in ocean industries, including submarine cables.  The March issue’s editorial focus will be on Subsea Fiber Optic Networks.  As I am ONT’s editor for submarine cables, I also would appreciate any feedback on what you think of the magazine and what you would like to see in March. 

Thank you and I hope you subscribe to and enjoy ONT.

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Vocus signs contract-in-force agreement for ASC

Vocus Group Limited has executed a binding agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), referred to as contract-in-force (CIF), for the construction of the Australia Singapore Cable (ASC).

06 Dec 2016 John Manock
113 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 6, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2016.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Dec 2016 John Manock
114 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 5, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2016.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

04 Dec 2016 John Manock
115 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 2, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2016.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

01 Dec 2016 John Manock
116 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for December 1, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2016.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

30 Nov 2016 John Manock
117 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 30, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SAIL to establish South Atlantic Internet route

Work on a new South Atlantic fiber optic cable system connecting Cameroon and Brazil is getting underway following the signing of a construction and maintenance agreement (C&MA) in August.  The new system, known as the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL), will be undertaken by Huawei Marine for China Unicom, the world's fourth largest mobile service provider by subscriber base, and Camtel, the national telecommunications and Internet service provider in Cameroon.

29 Nov 2016 John Manock
118 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 29, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Tui-Samoa Cable contract signed

On 18 October 2016, Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (SSCC) and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, signed a turnkey contract to roll out a new 1,470-km submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable, linking Apia, Samoa, to Suva, Fiji, providing an advanced broadband highway in order to drive social and economic growth.

28 Nov 2016 John Manock
119 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 28, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NZ PM holds groundbreaking ceremony for Hawaiki

A vital infrastructure project for New Zealand was launched on November 23 by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. John Key, and Minister of Communications Hon. Amy Adams, when they broke the soil for the Hawaiki submarine cable landing station at Bream Tail, Mangawhai Heads, Northland, New Zealand.

27 Nov 2016 John Manock
120 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 23, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Aqua Comms, MegaPort to enable elastic interconnection

Aqua Comms DAC and Megaport (USA) Inc, the US subsidiary of Megaport Limited, announced a partnership whereby Megaport will access the Aqua Comms’ America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) system and enable elastic interconnection to its transatlantic subsea cable network.

22 Nov 2016 John Manock
121 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 22, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei Marine delivers Avassa

Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. has successfully delivered the Avassa submarine cable system. This will be the 10th submarine cable project that Huawei Marine has been involved with in Africa.

21 Nov 2016 John Manock
122 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 21, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

PCCW Global selects DDC as “critical element” for pan-African expansion

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, has selected the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) to help facilitate network expansion and the provision of colocation and undersea fiber cable access services in East Africa.

20 Nov 2016 John Manock
123 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 18, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NEC completes APG

NEC Corporation has finished construction of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) Submarine Cable connecting Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

17 Nov 2016 John Manock
124 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 17, 2016

Cable Ships

Cable ship Kizuna launched

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, NTT World Engineering Marine Corporation (NTTWEM) and NTT Finance Corporation jointly held a launch ceremony on November 16 for their new submarine cable-laying vessel “Kizuna” at Kanrei shipyard in Tokushima, Japan. Construction of the 8,500-ton ship, which measures 109 meters in length and 20 meters in width, and which will have a planned average cruising speed of 13 knots and a capacity of up to 60 crew, will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2016.

16 Nov 2016 John Manock
125 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 16, 2016

Technology

TE SubCom, Ciena to deliver enhanced open submarine cable networks

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, and Ciena have agreed to an alliance that furthers the advancement of open submarine cable networking solutions. Customers seeking a single point of contact for both wet plant and dry plant will have the option to combine TE SubCom’s advanced wet plant designs and marine installation with Ciena’s industry-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic™ coherent optics, to create a powerful and flexible next-generation undersea cable system.

15 Nov 2016 John Manock
126 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 15, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Aqua Comms wins 2016 Global Carrier Award

Aqua Comms DAC, the operator of Ireland’s first dedicated subsea fiber-optic network interconnecting New York, Dublin and London, has won the 2016 Global Carrier Award for ‘Best Subsea Innovation’ given by Capacity Media. 

14 Nov 2016 John Manock
127 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 14, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Telkom Kenya open to investing in multiple cables

Telkom Kenya is open to investing in multiple undersea fiber optic cables linking the country to international Internet connectivity to cushion customers from Internet disruptions. This will beef up Telkom Kenya’s current back-up plan to migrate its international Internet traffic to other undersea cables during cable cuts and maintenance.

13 Nov 2016 John Manock
128 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 11, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

GTT to acquire Hibernia Networks

GTT Communications, Inc., a leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high-speed network connectivity solutions and owner of terrestrial and subsea fiber assets including Hibernia Express, the lowest latency transatlantic cable system. The $590 million transaction consists of $515 million in cash and approximately 3.3 million shares of GTT common stock, to be issued to the sellers at closing, valued at $75 million.

10 Nov 2016 John Manock
129 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 10, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Interoute adds routes to bring traffic from SEA-ME-WE 5

Interoute announced that it now offers dual entry into Europe through France and Italy from the world’s newest submarine cable,  South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5). Interoute will connect digital traffic from Africa, Asia and the Middle East via its Point of Presence (PoP) in Marseilles, France and OHM Data Centre in Palermo (where Interoute is located), Sicily to its pan European network.

09 Nov 2016 John Manock
130 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 9, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Samoa cable expected to land next year

Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC) Limited and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks have signed a contract to roll out a new submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable. The project was announced by the Samoan Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT).

08 Nov 2016 John Manock
131 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 8, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2016.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

07 Nov 2016 John Manock
132 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 7, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2016.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

06 Nov 2016 John Manock
133 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 4, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2016.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

03 Nov 2016 John Manock
134 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 3, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2016.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

02 Nov 2016 John Manock
135 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 2, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TE SubCom completes Monet’s US landing

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, has successfully completed the U.S. shore landing for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that will connect Boca Raton, Florida to both Fortaleza and Praia Grande, Brazil.

01 Nov 2016 John Manock
136 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for November 1, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

NTT Com announces launch of APG

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, has launched the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable network connecting regions and countries in the Asia. NTT Com has implemented the new service in partnership with major telecommunication carriers in each country.

31 Oct 2016 John Manock
137 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 31, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Vocus completes acquisition of Nextgen

Vocus Communications has announced that the acquisition of Nextgen Networks has been completed and that Nextgen is now part of the Vocus Communications.

30 Oct 2016 John Manock
138 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 28, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

PLCN will expand Google’s ability to serve APAC customers

Earlier this month, Google announced that it will work with Facebook, Pacific Light Data Communication and TE Subcom to build the first direct submarine cable system between Los Angeles and Hong Kong with ultra-high-capacity.

27 Oct 2016 John Manock
139 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 27, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Aqua Comms appoints CEO

Aqua Comms DAC, announced the appointment of Nigel Bayliff as its new Chief Executive Officer.  A global telecom industry veteran of 25-plus years’ experience, Mr. Bayliff will enhance Aqua Comm’s strategic vision of providing secure, next-generation international data connectivity to Ireland’s growing digital economy while accelerating customer growth on Aqua Comms’ existing networks, and guiding exploratory work on planned new routes.

26 Oct 2016 John Manock
140 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 26, 2016

Cable Stations

EdgeConneX®, Electric Lightwave to create first Edge Landing Station™

EdgeConneX®, specializing in global data center solutions at the edge of the network, has partnered with Electric Lightwave, a provider of fiber-based, enterprise-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, to have its domestic subsea cable terminate directly into the San Diego Edge Data Center®. This first-of-its-kind Edge Landing Station™ (ELS) utilizes Electric Lightwave's expansive fiber network to provide direct access to transpacific subsea cables from an Edge Data Center (EDC).

25 Oct 2016 John Manock
141 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 25, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

AP&T completes cable laying for Alaska cable

Alaska Power & Telephone (AP&T) has completed the installation of a submarine cable system through the Lynn Canal.

24 Oct 2016 John Manock
142 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 24, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SEAX Asian regional system announced

Consumers in the Southeast Asia region can look forward to faster Internet connections in the next five years, with a new submarine cable system unveiled last week.

23 Oct 2016 John Manock
143 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 21, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei to deploy middle package of Palapa Ring

Huawei and PT.LEN Telekomunikasi Indonesia (LTI) announced an agreement to design and construct a portion of the Palapa Ring project in Indonesia

20 Oct 2016 John Manock
144 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 20, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TE SubCom supplies MAREA cable system

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.

19 Oct 2016 John Manock
145 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 19, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Ile de Re arrives in Auckland for final TGA work

The cable ship Ile de Re has arrived in Auckland – en route to the middle of the Tasman Sea where it will continue laying the final section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable.

18 Oct 2016 John Manock
146 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 18, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Aqua Comms completes co-investment agreement

Aqua Comms has entered into an agreement with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), controlled and managed by the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), to support the company’s strategic vision of providing secure, next-generation international data connectivity to Ireland’s growing digital economy. Under the terms of the investment agreement, ISIF has invested $25 million in equity capital that Aqua Comms will use to further accelerate customer growth on its existing networks as well as exploratory works on planned new routes. In addition, ISIF has advised of its interest, subject to certain conditions being met, in funding up to a further $25 million of equity capital alongside a similar amount from co-investment partner Cartesian Capital Group LLC to accelerate the expansion of Aqua Comms’ planned new routes. Cartesian has previously invested $50 million in equity capital in the Aqua Comms business.

17 Oct 2016 John Manock
147 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 17, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki cable remains on schedule

Another significant milestone has been reached in the deployment of Hawaiki, the 14,000 km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018, as Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that system manufacturing has commenced. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.

16 Oct 2016 John Manock
148 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 14, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Sparkle, LITC upgrade Italy-Libya cable

Sparkle, the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, and Libyan International Telecommunications Company LITC announce the enhancement to 100 Gbps technology of the bilateral cable connecting Libya to Europe via Sicily.

13 Oct 2016 John Manock
149 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 13, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Facebook, Google, PLDC and TE SubCom to co-build PLCN

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, along with Facebook, Google, and PLDC (Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd.), announced that they will co-build the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, California (USA) with ultra-high capacity transmission.

12 Oct 2016 John Manock
150 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 12, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei Marine to help on Papua New Guinea project

Huawei Marine announced that it will help Papua New Guinea to build a national broadband transmission network to meet the increasing demand for Internet connectivity and foster social and economic development across the country.

11 Oct 2016 John Manock
151 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 11, 2016

Regulatory

FCC receives application for transfer of KKFL license

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received an application to transfer control of the cable landing license for the Kodiak-Kenai Fiber Link Cable System (KKFL System), SCL-LIC-20060413-00004, held by Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link, Inc. (KKFL), from Old Harbor Native Corporation (Old Harbor) to GCI Communications Corp. (GCIC).

10 Oct 2016 John Manock
152 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 10, 2016

Conferences

Huawei Marine to host 2nd Asia Pacific Submarine Networks Forum

Huawei Technologies, Huawei Marine and Terabit Consulting will host the 2nd Asia Pacific Submarine Networks Forum on October 16th at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.  With the vision of “Mapping the New Economic Arteries for a Better-Connected Asia–Pacific,” the forum will discuss how submarine cable will be a key facilitator of Asia-Pacific ICT development. The industry experts will also discuss about the demands and challenges of submarine infrastructure’s development, as well as the economic impacts of this deployment will bring into the broadband networking business.

09 Oct 2016 John Manock
153 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 7, 2016

Market Snapshot

£65bn of UK economic activity relies on subsea cable industry

At least £65 billion of economic activity in the UK each year relies on the subsea cables industry. As the sector grows, it will provide a massive boost to the country’s economy, from financial services to manufacturing.

06 Oct 2016 John Manock
154 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 6, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2016.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

05 Oct 2016 John Manock
155 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 5, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2016.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

04 Oct 2016 John Manock
156 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 4, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2016.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

03 Oct 2016 John Manock
157 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for October 3, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2016.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

02 Oct 2016 John Manock
158 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 30, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Angola Cables, DE-CIX win award at Capacity Africa 2016

Angola Cables won the award as Best Africa Service Innovation at the Capacity Africa fair in Kampala, Uganda. Angola Cables, as one of the drivers of the transformations of Angola and the entire SADC region towards a digital economy, submitted its innovative IP based solutions together with its innovation partner DE-CIX.

29 Sep 2016 John Manock
159 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 29, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Contract awarded for Greenland cable system

An important step was taken towards the extension of the submarine cable system in Greenland when Greenland TELE-POST contracted with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia. The agreement means that ASN will be responsible for manufacturing and establish the submarine cable from Nuuk to Aasiaat via Maniitsoq and Sisimiut.

28 Sep 2016 John Manock
160 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 28, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei Marine, Rostelecom complete Kamchatka-Sakhalin-Magadan

Rostelecom and Huawei Marine Networks Co., Ltd. announced that they have completed construction of the submarine fiber optic cable connecting Kamchatka and Sakhalin in Russia. The construction of this 900-kilometer submarine cable segment completes phase two of the construction of the Kamchatka-Sakhalin-Magadan network.

27 Sep 2016 John Manock
161 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 27, 2016

Cable Ships

CS Dependable rescues 14 fishermen in seas near Mumbai

On September 17, the crew deployed on the CS Dependable, a transoceanic cable ship from TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, rescued 14 fishermen in the Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra Coast near Mumbai, India. Indian fishing boat FV Datta Sai sank with 16 persons aboard, no personal floatation devices and no VHF radio. The CS Dependable, in transit between work sites, came across the fishermen clinging to floating debris and treading water and all hands were called to enact an immediate water rescue.

26 Sep 2016 John Manock
162 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 26, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

C&W Networks, TE SubCom to upgrade EClink

C&W Networks, a division of Cable & Wireless Communications, (C&W), now part of Liberty Global (LiLAC Group), has signed an agreement with TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, to complete an immediate upgrade to the ECLink (Trinidad-Curacao) system. ECLink is the latest regional system within C&W Networks’ 48,000 km of subsea fiber to receive an upgrade to its capacity using TE SubCom technology. The agreement upholds TE SubCom’s presence in the Caribbean and extends its 15-year-long relationship with C&W Networks.

25 Sep 2016 John Manock
163 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 23, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Indian Cabinet approves cable to ANI

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for provision of a direct communication link through a dedicated submarine optical fiber cable between Mainland (Chennai) and Port Blair and five other islands -- Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Havelock, Kamorta and Great Nicobar.

22 Sep 2016 John Manock
164 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 22, 2016

Cable Stations

NJFX expands colocation campus with Tier 2 by the Subsea

New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX), the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation campus that intersects where subsea cables from the United States meet, announces its Tier 3 by the Subsea phase II launch. The launch marks the expansion of NJFX’s campus with the addition of its brand new 64,800-square foot colocation facility, providing unparalleled connectivity through direct access to key subsea and terrestrial cables.

21 Sep 2016 John Manock
165 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 21, 2016

Submarine Power Cables

UK regulator approves UK-France interconnector

A project to build a £1.1billion undersea and underground electricity cable linking Hampshire with Normandy in France moved a step closer with the announcement of an award by Ofgem of a license to operate. The regulator has given a green light to the infrastructure project and the company behind it, Aquind Limited.

20 Sep 2016 John Manock
166 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 20, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

TGA cable on track for completion

The Tasman Global Access (TGA) submarine cable is now in the final stages of construction, with the specialized cable ship ‘Ile de Re’ heading towards New Zealand shores.

19 Sep 2016 John Manock
167 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 19, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Nextgen completes NWCS

Two years and 2100 kilometers later, Nextgen Group and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, officially “switched on” Australia’s first purpose-built submarine fiber optic network servicing the oil and gas industries and the growing need for world-class telecommunications services in Australia’s North West growth corridor.

18 Sep 2016 John Manock
168 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 16, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Equinix partners in next-generation submarine cable projects

Equinix, Inc. has announced significant momentum in the company's involvement as a strategic partner in submarine cable projects. Equinix's most recent win with the Monet consortium, represents an industry first for deploying an open submarine cable architecture together with an integrated cable landing station; colocation and interconnection inside a network-dense, multi-tenant data center. In addition to this most recent win, Equinix has been selected as an interconnection partner in more than 10 of the current submarine cable projects, and will provide direct access to an aggregation of networks and clouds at Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers that are located in proximity to the coastal termination points.

15 Sep 2016 John Manock
169 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 15, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

ATISA Marine survey completed

DOCOMO PACIFIC achieves another important milestone in deploying the ATISA submarine cable by completing the marine surveys of the undersea path leading to the cable landing sites on Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian, which is the next step in the route selection process.

14 Sep 2016 John Manock
170 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 14, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei Marine to deploy SEAX-1

Huawei Marine Networks Co., Limited has been selected by Super Sea Cable Networks Pte Ltd to deploy SEAX-1, a subsea cable system connecting the Eastern seaboard of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

13 Sep 2016 John Manock
171 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 13, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Monet selects Equinix for Florida landing station

Equinix, Inc. has been selected by the Monet Submarine Cable investors to provide U.S. facilities and services for the next-generation cable landing station architecture to support the Monet Submarine Cable System.  Monet is a planned submarine cable that is currently designed to deliver over 60 terabits of capacity between the U.S. and Brazil.  Monet is owned by Algar Telecom (a Brazilian telecom company and ISP), Angola Cables (an Angolan telecom company operating in the wholesale market), Antel (the Uruguayan telecom company) and Google. In addition to being a Monet Investor Google is also the U.S. landing party for Monet. Construction of the system is underway and is expected to be completed in 2017, terminating in the U.S. at Equinix's MI3 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center, which services the greater Miami metropolitan area.

12 Sep 2016 John Manock
172 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 12, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Southern Cross discusses NEXT cable

Southern Cross Cable Network confirmed an important milestone in the Southern Cross NEXT project.

11 Sep 2016 John Manock
173 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 9, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

PT. Telkom selects NEC to build the IGG

NEC Corporation announced the signing of a contract with PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) to develop the Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG), an optical submarine cable system that will connect the islands of Sumatra, Batam, Jawa, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi with Singapore.

08 Sep 2016 John Manock
174 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 8, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Upgrade Announcements

This is our latest review of submarine fiber optic cable upgrade announcements in 2016.  These announcements include new contract awards, completion of upgrades and future upgrade plans for which contracts have not been awarded as yet.

07 Sep 2016 John Manock
175 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 7, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Power Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of submarine power cable contract awards for 2016.  The review tracks contract award announcements made by the suppliers of submarine power cables.

06 Sep 2016 John Manock
176 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 6, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Project Announcements

This is the latest listing of submarine fiber optic cable announcements for 2016.  Tracking announcements of new systems gives some insight into the level of optimism in the industry for the need for new cables and the ability to raise money to build them, even if these cables do not ultimately get built.

05 Sep 2016 John Manock
177 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 2, 2016

Monthly Review

Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Contract Awards

This is our latest monthly review of new submarine fiber optic cable contract awards for 2016.  To review our criteria for listing contract awards, we require that a public announcement be posted on the website of either the project developer or the supplier.  We do not count rumors or press reports quoting verbal comments, even if it is said to be from an official source.  This prevents confusion and the possibility of double-counting projects.

01 Sep 2016 John Manock
178 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for September 1, 2016

Conferences

Submarine Network World 2016 coming up in October

Now in its 19th year, Submarine Networks World continues to be the only platform where the industry’s elite leaders gather annually to exchange knowledge, present new and upgraded cable projects, strategize and partner. For the 2016 edition, the conference is going beyond just discussing the issues critical to the core business, but exploring in depth the industry's role in relation to the global economy.

31 Aug 2016 John Manock
179 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 31, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

BT installs cable through Lake Windermere

A remote community in the Lake District known for its association with author Beatrix Potter has joined the high-speed fiber broadband revolution following a major engineering operation, in which a submarine cable was laid across Lake Windermere.

30 Aug 2016 John Manock
180 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 30, 2016

Submarine Power Cables

Public consultation on Viking Link nearing an end

Public consultation for a new submarine cable interconnector linking Denmark and Britain has been progressing in three countries and will end in October.

29 Aug 2016 John Manock
181 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 29, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Far north bustling with new cable projects

The Arctic and sub-Arctic regions have been buzzing with new submarine fiber optic cable activity in recent weeks, with three projects making the news.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
182 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 26, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Nikki Popoola joins WIOCC as sales director

Highly-experienced senior telecoms professional Nikki Popoola has joined WIOCC as Director – Sales, where she will be helping international carriers procure simple solutions to their complex connectivity challenges into and within Africa.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
183 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 25, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Reliance Jio invests in BBG

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries Ltd, has invested in the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
184 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 24, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Pacific carriers modify AAG license

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted authority to two Pacific carriers to modify the Asia America Gateway (AAG) landing license.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
185 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 23, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Reliance, GCX launch SD WAN solution

Reliance Communications (RCOM) and its subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) launched the latest addition to its Cloud X portfolio. Cloud X WAN is the first “Make in India” Cloud-centric network platform designed to help overcome many of the challenges facing today’s global enterprise networks.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
186 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 22, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki signs partnership for Hawaii landing

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP, the New Zealand owner and developer of Hawaiki submarine cable system, has selected DRFortress as its landing and operating partner in Hawaii. As part of its system architecture, Hawaiki will land its proposed 14,000 km trans-Pacific cable from Australia and New Zealand to the US West coast in Oahu, Hawaii.

28 Aug 2016 John Manock
187 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 19, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SEACOM, UbuntuNet partner on NREN connectivity

UbuntuNet Alliance has awarded a 15-year contract to pan-African telecom enabler and submarine cable operator SEACOM to provide point-to-point connectivity services to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of Eastern and Southern Africa through the European Union co-funded AfricaConnect2 project.

18 Aug 2016 John Manock
188 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 18, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Telstra launches services on BBG, FASTER

Telstra has announced further investment to expand its global network, including the launch of services on two new international submarine cable systems and new points of presence in the United States and Middle East.

17 Aug 2016 John Manock
189 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 17, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Huawei Marine to deploy system in Belize

Huawei Technologies USA Inc. and Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. have teamed up with Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) to build an undersea cable system that will connect Belize mainland and San Pedro Island.

16 Aug 2016 John Manock
190 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 16, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

MENA upgrades with Infinera

Infinera announced the successful deployment of the Infinera DTN-X XTC Series across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Submarine Cable System’s subsea network. The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series integrates the subsea network connecting the Mediterranean and Middle East regions with MENA’s existing Infinera terrestrial network. With the Infinera DTN-X XTC-10, featuring FlexCoherent technology and Instant Bandwidth, MENA can rapidly deploy increments of 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of bandwidth, differentiating services and managing costs as it scales network capacity.

15 Aug 2016 John Manock
191 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 15, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

SLT to provide global connectivity backhauling facility

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) has gained full landing status of SEA-ME-WE5 Cable Station in Matara, Sri Lanka. SLT is aiming to be a key regional player by offering state-of-the-art global services provided through multiple international undersea cable systems that run through Sri Lanka.

14 Aug 2016 John Manock
192 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 12, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Globe Telecom builds submarine cable infrastructure in Davao

Globe Telecom is positioning Davao in the global connectivity map by aggressively building on its network infrastructure in the city that includes the construction of the Philippine end of an international undersea cable system, the only facility of such kind in the country to directly connect Davao with the rest of the world.

11 Aug 2016 John Manock
193 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 11, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Antel expects new cable to be ready in late 2017

Uruguay’s Tannat submarine cable will be entering service by the end of 2017, according to the president of Antel.

10 Aug 2016 John Manock
194 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 10, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hong Kong approves AAE-1 landing

The Government of Hong Kong has announced that it plans to allow PCCW Global (HK) Limited to land the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 Cable System (AAE-1) in the Special Administrative Region (SAR).  The government included a notice in its latest Gazette that described the works that would be conducted in Hong Kong waters related to the project.

09 Aug 2016 John Manock
195 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 9, 2016

Submarine Fiber Optic Cables

Hawaiki, SubCom begin marine survey

Following the commencement of a previously announced supply contract in March and a survey of landing sites from May to July 2016, Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, launched a marine route survey on August 4, a significant stage in the deployment of Hawaiki, the 14,000-km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018. Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.

08 Aug 2016 John Manock
196 Sub Cable World NewsFeed for August 8, 2016