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

10 Oct 2014

Huawei Marine Networks has commenced manufacturing the cable components of the planned Far East Submarine Cable System, and will soon start work on the ‘wet plant’ for the system. As per the turnkey system design and development contract Huawei Marine signed with Rostelecom in June 2014, the vendor will provide high-capacity 100Gbps connectivity across the Sea of Okhotsk. The system will be deployed in two segments, linking Okha (Sakhalin Island) with Ola (Magadan) and Ust-Bolsheretsk (Kamchatka); the latter currently relies on satellite connectivity. The combined system will exceed 1,900km and will have a designed capacity of 1.6Tbps. The project is due for completion in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium has selected Ciena to implement a 100Gbps upgrade across its 20,000km transpacific submarine cable network. The AAG will use Ciena’s converged packet-optical transport platform to add multi-terabit data capacity and increase reliability. The AAG is a 20,000-km undersea cable system connecting Southeast Asia with the US mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii. It provides connectivity between Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and the US west coast.

The consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system project has confirmed that it has signed a supply contract with NEC Corporation for the S1H segment of the cable – representing the network’s Thailand-to-Vietnam-and-Hong Kong section. The supply contract came into force on 8 October. When completed in 2016, the new cable network will connect Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

Estonia-based TelevAurgu has deployed ADVA Optical Networking’s ADVA 100G Core to connect a number of northern and eastern European countries to central Europe over a route running through the Baltic States and Poland. The solution allows TelevAurgu to transport up to 9.6Tbps of data across 3,000km of fibre ‘without regeneration and without any dispersion compensation’. Going forward, the upgrade will allow the Estonian firm to support 400Gbps transmissions across its entire fibre route, which stretches from Frankfurt in Germany to Tallinn, Estonia. Since joining the Baltic Optical Network (BON) alliance, TelevAurgu has developed into one of the key trunking communications operators both in Estonia and the Baltic region as a whole. Previously owned by Eesti Energia, since February 2012 TelevAurgu has been part of Tele2 Group.

TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) has selected Coriant to deploy its ‘hiT 7300’ multi-haul transport platform to improve the capacity, resiliency and agility of its backbone network. According to the vendor, the platform is optimised for flexible and efficient transport in regional, long haul and ultra-long haul networks. Further, Coriant notes that the hiT 7300 platform provides scalability to 100Gbps and beyond.

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