SubCom to build Diamond Link Global cable

20 November 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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SubCom has been selected to build the Diamond Link Global cable system linking Poti, Georgia and Bucharest, Romania.

The new system (pictured above) will form part of a larger system that will directly connect Tbilisi, Georgia and Bucharest, Romania. Design with a capacity of 21.5Tbps per fibre pair, the desktop study for the cable has already been completed and is due to begin route survey operations in the first quarter of 2019.

“This agreement reflects the strong relationship between Diamond Link and SubCom, which has existed since the construction of the Caucasus Cable System in 2008. During this 10 year period, the cable performed brilliantly and helped tremendously to develop the telecom industry in the Caucasus region,” said Mamia Sanadiradze, CEO of Diamond Link Global. Built with the best and latest technology, the cable will supply exploding demand for capacity not only for the Caucasus region, but also for the Middle East, Central Asia and China. I believe the cable’s potential capacity of 129Tbps, along with the current technology, will be able to supply these regions for the coming decade.”

As well as its rapid construction and availability, the Diamond Link Global cable will benefit the Black Sea Region by offering significantly higher design capacity, lower unit costs, lower latency through direct connectivity, and the ability to leverage additional branching units in the future.

“We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationship with Diamond Link as we embark on construction of this important cable route, said Michael Rieger, vice president of global sales and marketing of SubCom. “This submarine cable will not only satisfy the growing demand for connectivity in this region, but also future requirements driven by projected growth.”

Most recently SubCom and the Manatua consortium that the contract for the supply and installation of the Manatua cable system is out in force.

Once completed the 3,166km system will connect Apia, Samoa to Toahotu, Tahiti, with branching units for landings to Niue; Aitutaki, Cook Island; Raratonga, Cook Island; and Vaitape, Bora Bora.

“The Manatua Cable is the first cable system owned by a consortium in the Pacific region shared by four parties from four different countries. Manatua will enhance significantly the international communications connectivity for our communities at reasonable and affordable costs. This is a further step for our countries aim to continue to improve access to information and services that are migrating to digital formats,” added Jean-François Martin, management committee chair of the Manatua Consortium.