Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

8 Nov 2013

Telefonica Global Solutions, the Spanish giant’s multinational, wholesale, and roaming business, has upgraded the SAm-1 submarine and terrestrial network that links the US to Latin America with 100Gbps coherent transmission capabilities from Ciena Corp. The 25,000km SAm-1 cable features landing stations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Puerto Rico and the US. According to the vendor the network sees peak traffic loads of more than 2Tbps daily, and transports more than 20 billion international voice minutes a year. Its activated IP capacity exceeds 6Tbps.

The first telecoms cable directly linking Taiwan and China has commenced operations, officials have confirmed. The cable received the green light from Taiwanese regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC) on 1 November. Once active, the cable will be capable of carrying cross-Strait communications with a bandwidth of 6.4Tbps.

Alcatel-Lucent and Rostelecom have announced the operational launch of the Russian segment of the Europe-Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) cable. Following extensive testing, the two parties note that Rostelecom is now able to offer ‘ultra-broadband transit’ across Russia.

Fibre-optic network infrastructure provider euNetworks Group has invested in a new fibre-based route from London to Stockholm, with dedicated DWDM technology delivering what the company claims is market-leading latency.

Guyana suffered complete outages in its international telecoms traffic and internet services earlier this week, following offshore damage to the Suriname Guyana Submarine Cable System (SGSCS). The problem has now been resolved satisfactorily.

Asia-Pacific service provider Pacnet says that it has successfully deployed an optical mesh network with 100Gbps technology on its EAC Pacific fibre-optic cable system between Asia and the US. Pacnet can now offer its carrier and enterprise customers 10Gbps, 40Gbps and 100Gbps services between Asia-Pacific and North America.

Telekom Malaysia Berhad™ has launched ‘My1Hub’, a neutral one-stop hub enabling seamless and reliable connectivity from Malaysia to the rest of the world via its submarine cable investments. These include its wholly owned Cahaya Malaysia cable system, which links Malaysia–Hong Kong– Japan, and the Batam-Dumai-Melaka cable system, which links Malaysia to Indonesia. At the same event, TM also launched the Iskandar International Gateway (IIGW), its latest investment in Iskandar Malaysia, a neutral hub catering to various information exchange needs.