Deep Blue Cable appoints Aqua Comms CEO to the Board

21 September 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Deep Blue Cable has named Nigel Bayliff, CEO of Aqua Comms DAC, as a non-exec director of the Board.

Nigel BayliffBayliff, whose career spans more than 30 years in the global telecommunications industry, will advise on the deployment of the 12,000km Deep Blue subsea cable system, which will offer an initial capacity of 6Tbps per fibre pair.

Deep Blue Cable is the developer, owner and operator of a state-of-the-art subsea fibre-optic system providing connectivity across the Caribbean islands and to the Americas. Back in July the company announced that it has contracted with TE SubCom to build and deploy the Deep Blue subsea cable system.

“It’s a pleasure to be appointed a member of the Deep Blue Cable Board and to offer insight pertaining to project governance,” said Bayliff. “Launching any subsea cable system, but especially one that will have such a profound impact on the communications ecosystem and economic growth potential of a previously undeserved region, is at once a complex and exhilarating undertaking. I look forward to deploying my experience in an advisory capacity to the deployment of Deep Blue’s pan-Caribbean subsea cable system.”

All terrestrial cable landing surveys and planning of the Deep Blue subsea network have been completed and there are initial landing points in 12 markets throughout the region, including the Cayman Islands, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands, with dual diverse landings in the US, which will include the first landing of a cable on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Deep Blue CableThe Deep Blue network will benefit the region’s businesses and consumers by offering significantly higher design capacity, lower unit costs, lower latency through direct connectivity, and the ability to leverage advancements in reliability such as improved route planning and installation techniques.

Stephen Scott, CEO of Deep Blue Cable, added: “Deep Blue Cable is especially pleased to appoint Nigel Bayliff as a non-exec Board director. “Mr. Bayliff’s expertise brings tremendous value to our organization, and we anticipate he will have an immediate impact on our goal of bringing advanced subsea connectivity to the Caribbean.”

Bayliff joined Aqua Comms in October 2016 to drive the growth of the company’s next-gen subsea networks. Prior to that, he was an advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients. He previously led Huawei Marine Networks’ growth from a start-up to a major player in the subsea cable construction sector while introducing several technological advances into the marketplace. Bayliff was also responsible for the construction and operation of the FLAG Global Network, which encompasses 65,000km of submarine cable systems and provides carrier-grade connectivity to 40 countries. 

He currently serves as vice-chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examines the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems.