TeleGeography’s map shows $8bn of subsea investments

Now in colour: TeleGeography’s map shows $8bn of subsea investments

09 June 2021 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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TeleGeography has identified more than US$8 billion in new subsea cable investments over the next three years in the new version of its submarine cable map.

The map features 464 cables and 1,245 landing stations with a combined length of over 1.3 million km.

TeleGeography research director Alan Mauldin said: “The submarine cable market has never been so dynamic and we’re thrilled to showcase our data and analysis on all things subsea cable.”

The company shows a surge in cable construction from content providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft that has accelerated the market greatly. Having accounted for less than 10% prior to 2012, content providers’ share of total capacity surged to 66% in 2020. Google alone has more than 15 subsea cable investments globally, says the company.

“The 2021 map illustrates a market that’s experiencing more deployments, with new and diverse players. Over the last decade, we’ve seen content providers emerge as disruptors, ramping up investments to meet global demand for their services,” said Mauldin.

The new version of the map — now in colour, unlike the previous grey editions — show 19 new cables with a combined length 103,348 km.

The intra-Asian route is expected to experience the most investment, with a projected $1.6 billion in new cables to be launched, says the company. Global investment in facilities is $8 billion, says TeleGeography.

The map is available online interactively, or on paper, though that, being old tech, is not interactive.