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

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26 May 2017

Construction work on the eastern section of the Palapa Ring Project II will commence in July, with rollout expected to take 18 months to complete, the Jakarta Post writes. According to TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, the deployment contract was awarded by Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information to a consortium comprising Jakarta-based Mora Telematika Indonesia (Moratelindo), Inti Bangun Sejahtera Tbk (IBST) and Smart Telecom in September 2016. Under the concession, the consortium will be responsible for connecting East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, West Papua and Papua with 8,454km of fibre-optic cable. The IDR14 trillion (USD1 billion) Palapa Ring II infrastructure project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018, will comprise the deployment of 13,000km of undersea fibre-optic cables across the archipelago’s 33 provinces. The planned network will comprise three sections: western, central and eastern, with the Pandawa Lima consortium – consisting of LEN, Teknologi Riset Global Investama, Sufia Techologies, Bina Nusantara Perkasa and Multi Kontrol Nusantara – awarded the contract for the deployment of the central portion of the project, linking Kalimantan, Sulawesi and North Maluku via 2,700km of cabling. Meanwhile, in March 2016 Palapa Ring Barat – a consortium consisting of Moratelindo and Ketrosden Triasmitra – won the contract for the construction of the western section of the Palapa Ring Project II, comprising the deployment of 2,000km of fibre-optic cable connecting Riau province, the Riau Islands and the Natuna Islands.

Equipment vendor Huawei has been awarded a contract by China Telecom for the deployment of a reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) network in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The project covers 21 ROADM sites in Hubei, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai, along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. Huawei claims that the new grid would be ‘China’s first intelligent ROADM WDM backbone network.’

Orange Burkina Faso has begun the deployment of a 580km fibre link stretching from the capital Ouagadougou to the border of Cote d’Ivoire via Bobo-Dioulasso, following the inauguration of two fibre networks last week. The company said that it has deployed a 139km metropolitan fibre-optic network in Ouagadougou, with four resilient loops serving all twelve districts of the city. In addition, Orange has completed the rollout of the 197km Ouagadougou-Dakola fibre-optic network, which serves eight large localities en-route and provides international voice and internet traffic via Ghana. Once the Ouagadougou-Bobo-Dioulasso network is completed, Orange will operate 916km of fibre in Burkina Faso, for a total investment of USD17 million.

Submarine cable operator SEACOM has revealed that the second fault on the SEACOM Subsea Cable System has now been repaired. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, the submarine link experienced a service-affecting fault slightly west of Djibouti in the Red Sea on 8 April. While repairing the initial damage, SEACOM discovered a new issue with the system, which was swiftly fixed. The company said in a press release: ‘As per the previous planned event notifications, SEACOM completed marine repair operations on schedule. These were carried out over the weekend to minimise any impacts to end customers’ business operations.’ Further, SEACOM disclosed that it has moved to 100G optical network transport technology, while adding up an additional 500Gbps of capacity on its subsea cable that connects Africa with Europe. The company also said that it plans to significantly increase its network bandwidth in 2017.

Colt Technology Services has upgraded its Ethernet-based Colt IQ Network linking stock exchanges in Tokyo and Chicago, with latency reaching 121.07ms between each endpoint after network optimisation. In addition, the company also commenced optimisation of other key routes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Brazilian operator Cemig Telecom has earmarked USD6 million for network infrastructure upgrades, including the deployment of 2,000km of DWDM fibre-optic cabling in the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; the network will have a total capacity of 5Tbps. Further, Cemig Telecom is planning to deploy a new routing centre in Belo Horizonte with capacity of 2Tbps.

Lastly, North-eastern US fibre provider FirstLight has rebranded its recently acquired unit Sovernet Communications under its own moniker. FirstLight’s parent company Oak Hill Capital Partners agreed to acquire Sovernet in August 2016. Following the completion of the deal in March 2017, FirstLight Fiber’s network was extended by approximately 3,300 fibre route miles across New York and 1,300 fibre route miles throughout Vermont.

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