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10 January 2013
| Guy Matthews
Submarine cable projects that address small communities don’t always make the headlines, but nevertheless have the ability to transform lives through the power of fibre connectivity.
A great deal of fanfare inevitably attends the launch of a
major submarine network. The lighting of an IMEWE or an EASSy
is, quite understandably, the subject of much press coverage,
amid talk of important stimulus for developing economies in
need of either added cable diversity or increased international
The rationale for these multi-terabit projects tends to speak
for itself. Less obvious at times is the business case for the
dozens of smaller fibre launches that take place largely
unheralded each year.
In fact, outside of the often very small communities these
cables are built to support, virtually no attention is
Between them, though, these smaller systems are quietly
filling in the digital gaps on the world map, empowering
populations that have been marginalised by reliance on
high-priced satellite connectivity for decades.
Here we examine a sample of three of the less celebrated
submarine projects of the past...
Sea Fibre Networks
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is trying out Ericsson’s 5G radio test bed, in advance of other operators which are expected to start field trials in 2016.
Orange and its partners have started work on extending the ACE subsea cable as far as Cape Town in South Africa, as well as more than doubling its capacity.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a three-year framework agreement with the Tanzania Telecommunications Company (TTCL) to modernise its IP/MPLS and optical transport networks.
MainOne has completed the upgrade of its subsea cable network between Nigeria, Ghana and Portugal to 100G using the Xtera Nu-wave Optima optical networking platform.
Service providers should focus on their core capabilities when seeking partnerships with OTT players, agreed the opening panel at Capacity Europe on Monday.
Telecom Italia Sparkle and Cyprus operator Cyta are to launch a new subsea cable system linking Cyprus and Crete by the end of the year.