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

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4 Apr 2014

Global Cloud Xchange, formerly Reliance Globalcom, says it plans to build a new 8,300km submarine cable network between Tokyo and Silicon Valley, California. The undersea cable system, which will have an initial capacity of 100×100Gbps per fibre pair, should be operational next year, the company anticipates. Dubbed Pacific Cloud Xchange (PCX), the four-fibre-pair submarine network will address the burgeoning growth in trans-Pacific connectivity.

The Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX) has confirmed that it intends to enter an agreement with global communications provider Tata Communications, centred on the development of a new regional high-bandwidth subsea fibre-optic cable. The cable link is expected to connect Bahrain and other Gulf countries to India and the rest of the world via Tata’s Global Network (TGN).

CoreSite Realty Corporation has announced that Southern Cross Cable Network is delivering 100Gbps capability to customers at CoreSite’s SV1 (Silicon Valley) data centre, connecting the US to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. 100Gbps technology has been deployed across all segments of Southern Cross’ 30,000km submarine network.

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) has completed a PHP1 billion (USD22.2 million) submarine cable project that connects the island province of Palawan to the Philippines. The 620km Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) is expected to support the increasing demand for telecoms and data services in Palawan, one of the top tourist destinations in the country. The DFON uses undersea cable links and inland transport facilities that run from Puerto Princesa to Taytay in Palawan and San Jose de Buenavista to La Paz, Iloilo City.

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta), in association with Radius Oceanic Communications, have announced that testing and commissioning are complete on the 800km Poseidon submarine cable system, which has been constructed in order to serve the oil, gas and scientific markets in the Eastern Mediterranean. The two partners have also completed work to establish dual landing facilities in Cyprus, and to implement high-bandwidth end-to-end connectivity from Cyprus to the US.

In conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent, the Telekom Austria Group has successfully tested 400Gbps technology between Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia. The field trial, which took place between 24 February and 6 March, demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a fourfold increase in data rates from 100Gbps to 400Gbps using existing fibre-optic cables.

MTN Business Kenya is set to spend around KES800 to expand its metro fibre network in Kenya, with a particular focus on major urban centres. MTN Business Kenya managing director Tom Omariba noted that the expansion programme will towns such as Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru.

Pan-African service provider Internet Solutions has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X packet-optical transport system in South Africa, it has been announced. Internet Solutions provides telecoms services to public and private sector companies across South Africa; its clients are said to include more than 80% of the companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

Russia’s SMARTS Group, in association with Innoventica, has completed the deployment of a 500km fibre backbone between Samara and Saratov. The size of the investment totalled RUB60 million (USD1.7 million). The capacity of the new backbone section totals 4Tbps. Dark fibre lines have been provided by SMARTS, while DWDM equipment from Coriant has been acquired and installed by Innoventica.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti has reported that plans for the deployment of a fibre-optic submarine link between the Russian mainland and Crimea are at an advanced stage and the cable could be in operation as early as this month. Last month Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for state-owned operator Rostelecom to start offering services in the newly-annexed Crimean peninsula as soon as possible as a way of safeguarding communications channels.

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