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

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4 Jul 2014

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) has announced that it is expanding its international bandwidth capacity to the US to support rising demand for high speed broadband. In a statement PLDT president Napoleon Nazareno said the incremental capacity from this project will allow PLDT to support more industry requirements as well as enhance the quality of experience of customers of the PLDT Group. As such, PLDT intends to invest USD2 million to upgrade the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), doubling the bandwidth capacity of the subsea system.

New Zealand’s Crown-owned Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ) has signed a deal to buy USD65 million of capacity on the proposed Hawaiki submarine cable that will link New Zealand, Australia and the United States. REANNZ operates a high speed research network linking tertiary institutions, research organisations, libraries, schools and Crown research institutes. REANNZ chief executive Steve Cotter said the contract will run for 25 years and is contingent on the cable proceeding.

Telekom Research & Development (TM R&D), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ZTE Malaysia to collaborate on next generation passive optical network (NGPON) research to enable higher bandwidth for TM customers. Under the terms of the MoU, both parties will share their research facilities and create mirroring labs in China and Malaysia, TM R&D confirmed in a statement. Since 2009, ZTE has been one of the key technology partners for the Malaysian telco’s High Speed Broad Brand (HSBB) project.

South African joint venture FibreCo, which is co-owned by broadband provider Internet Solutions, domestic mobile operator Cell C and Convergence Partners, is reportedly targeting late-2014 for the rollout of a fibre-optic network linking Cape Town and Durban via Nelson Mandela Bay and East London, BusinessTech reports. FibreCo was established in November 2010 to build and operate a 12,000km long-haul terrestrial network based on open-access principles, via a total investment of ZAR5 billion (USD470 million).

Following its successful trial of 400Gbps technology earlier in the year Tata Communications, which claims to be the world’s number one submarine cable owner in terms of length, has elaborated on the company’s future plans. Hon Kit Lam, vice president of the international transmission and IP business, told Light Reading: ‘We regularly look for new technology which could help Tata to expand our subsea cable capacity in next 12-24 months. Although the 400G commercial deployment is still some time away for long-haul subsea, we expect to see wider 400G deployment in metro, terrestrial long-haul or short-haul subsea first. Also, we should see wider deployment of 400G ports on high-density backbone routers between major cities’. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, in May this year Tata and Huawei Marine announced the successful completion of a 400Gbps field trial on a subsea network greater than 6,000km in length. The duo claimed that the trial represented an ‘industry-first’ for a submarine cable of that length.

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