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

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10 Jun 2016

Oman Telecommunications (Omantel) – one of the members of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) consortium – has announced the successful landing of the submarine cable system in Oman. The 25,000km network – which has a design capacity of 40Tbps – will connect Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe, and is scheduled to be ready for service (RFS) by Q4 2016.

UK-based data centre provider Global Switch has announced that Australia’s Trident Subsea Cable is planning to locate Points of Presence (PoPs) within its data centres in Sydney and Singapore. Trident is planning to deploy a submarine cable – scheduled to be RFS in 2018 – which will connect Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. Trident will construct a new submarine cable from Perth to Onslow (both Australia) and onward via a new branching unit to Indonesia, where it will join the Matrix Cable System. Branching units will be installed on the new section of the cable from Onslow and south of the Sunda Straight (Indonesia). The Trident system’s four fibre pairs will each be capable of carrying multiple 100Gbps optical channels. Last month it was reported that Trident was working with Perth-based corporate adviser Azure Capital to raise about USD70 million and fill the equity portion of its USD200 million cable.

Russian national operator Rostelecom has embarked on the second stage of its project to connect the Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Magadan regions across the Okhotsk Sea. The 900km Okha-Ust-Bolsheretsk stretch – which is being deployed by Chinese equipment vendor Huawei – will link the Kamchatka and Magadan regions and is due for completion by September this year. Rostelecom has already connected the terrestrial network in Kamchatka to the landing station at Ust-Bolsheretsk, and is now deploying the submarine section of the project, using the Cable Innovator ship. The first stage of the network went live in May 2016; it was completed in September 2015 and involved the deployment of 930km of fibre-optic cabling between Ola in Magadan and Okha (Sakhalin). The whole system – which is now scheduled to enter commercial operation in Q1 2017 – will span 2,000km and have a total capacity of 400Gbps, with the option to expand this to up to 8Tbps in the future.

German infrastructure provider Link11 has selected Zayo Group Holdings for a network expansion project across the US and Europe. The network for Link11 will span London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany) and Miami, New York and Los Angeles (all US), leveraging Zayo’s recently acquired Viatel assets. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, the January 2016 acquisition provided Zayo with pan-European inter-city and metro fibre capability via an 8,400km fibre network across eight countries, which comprises twelve metro networks, seven data centres and connectivity to 81 on-net buildings. Alastair Kane, managing director, Northern Europe at Zayo, said: ‘Our new network assets, acquired from Viatel and Allstream, have significantly expanded our footprint across Europe and Canada, providing customers with lower latency and better application performance.’

Telia Carrier has signed a global agreement to provide backhaul and interconnection to fellow Swedish giant Ericsson’s device connection platform via a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) backbone, enabling IoT operators to connect via any of Telia Carrier’s 220 IPX PoPs directly to Ericsson’s platform in a single network hop. A release says that the agreement highlights the critical role international carriers have to play as the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve, as backhaul between IoT operators and device management platforms is a link that requires extremely high levels of security and reliability.

Lastly, US communications provider Windstream has expanded its metropolitan fibre-optic network in the area around Nashville. The Arkansas-based operator says the fibre expansion now connects Windstream’s network to a variety of major data centers and commercial locations in the Downtown, West End/Elliston Place, Midtown/Vanderbilt, Green Hills, Brentwood, Airport/Donelson, and Cool Springs areas.

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