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

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16 Oct 2015

China Unicom general manager Yimin Lu has inked a partnership agreement with David Nkoto Emane, the director general of Cameroon Telecommunications (CamTel), for the deployment of a fibre-optic submarine cable between Cameroon and Brazil. The proposed 5,900km undersea network – which will stretch from Kribi (Cameroon) to Fortaleza (Brazil) – will be constructed by Huawei Marine Networks, in partnership with CamTel and Spanish telecoms group Telefonica. The project is expected to cost around XAF278 billion (USD482.6 million).

Finland-based Cinia Group has commenced the deployment of a new submarine cable, dubbed Sea Lion, which will connect Rostock in the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to Finland’s capital Helsinki. The EUR100 million (USD113.7 million) cable – which is being financed by the Finnish government and institutional investors OP-Pohjola and Ilmarinen – will consist of eight paired fibre-optic cables manufactured by Alcatel-Lucent. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, the 1,170km fibre-optic system is expected to be ready for service (RFS) in the spring of 2016, and will provide total transmission capacity of 15Tbps when completed. In May 2015 Cinia signed a 20-year contract worth EUR10 million with German data centre provider Hetzner Online to utilise the system.

US-based Allied Fiber has entered into a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement with C&W Networks, which will see the latter utilise colocation space and dark fibre from Allied Fiber’s Southeast Network in order to expand its routes between Miami and Jacksonville (US). The agreement will allow C&W Networks parent Cable & Wireless Communications to connect its ARCOS-1, CFX and PCCS submarine cables and landing stations in Florida to Allied Fiber’s local systems (in North Miami, Boca Raton and Jacksonville) and five colocation sites. Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber, noted: ‘By connecting to and through Allied Fiber, C&W Networks is able to efficiently and cost effectively interconnect its own cable landing stations in the US, providing control over service quality, cost and scalability.’

Imran Janjua, general manager of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), has revealed a fault in the 12,091km India-Middle East-Western Europe (I-ME-WE) submarine cable stretching from France to India, which had affected broadband services in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and India. Pakistani newspaper The News has reported that the fault, which occurred near Marseilles (France) on 9 October, was repaired earlier this week.

DOCOMO Pacific has tapped US-based Ciena for the deployment of a 200G DWDM network in Guam. Powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, the network will link all major communications hubs on the island, including three cable landing stations, via a ring-protected underground fibre-optic backbone. With a new all-fibre optical core, powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic3 Extreme chipset, DOCOMO Pacific will be able to transport high-bandwidth traffic across a protected network with buried fibre and offer a flexible mix of 10G and 100G services over a single 200G wavelength.

The Vietnamese government has approved plans submitted by Viettel to upgrade the capacity of the Tata TGN-Intra Asia (TGN-IA) undersea cable. This comes after repeated problems with the Asia America Gateway (AAG) system. Le Dang Dung, deputy CEO of Viettel, has indicated that, following the upgrade, Viettel will have access to an additional 750Gbps of international capacity across the TGN-IA network. The total capacity of the 6,800km TGN-IA network, which connects Changi North (Singapore), Vung Tau (Vietnam), Ballesteros (the Philippines) and Deep Water (Hong Kong), currently stands at 320Gbps.

ZTE Corporation of China has signed a new 100G optical transportation network (OTN) contract with Reliance Communications of India. ZTE will provide 100G OTN design, engineering, installation, and operations and maintenance services in Pune and Hyderabad during the next three years.

In order to provide back-up infrastructure in case of natural disasters, telecoms operator Etisalat has launched nine data centres across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Gulf News reports. The company’s new data centres are located in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai and Fujairah, and can store over 400TB of data between them.

US-based data centre operator Equinix has commenced work on a new data centre campus in Ashburn (Virginia). Known as North Ashburn and close to the company’s existing location in the city, the new site will make way for five facilities with over one million square feet of new space at completion. Equinix currently operates ten data centres in the Washington, DC metro area.

EPB Fiber Optics, a municipally-owned fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network operator, and Alcatel-Lucent have announced the launch of a 10Gbps broadband service for residential and business customers across Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new service is available in a 600 square mile area through Alcatel-Lucent’s TWDM-PON broadband technology.

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