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

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14 Sep 2018

Orange Group and MainOne Cable Company have signed an agreement under which Orange will acquire additional capacity on the MainOne submarine cable system linking Portugal to Ghana and Nigeria. The partnership between Orange and MainOne Company will also provide for the construction and installation of two new branches and stations on the system. These will connect the cable to Dakar in Senegal and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) by mid-2019; Orange will be the owner of the cable station in Dakar. Orange Marine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Orange Group, has been chosen to manage the installation of the two new branches. The 7,000km MainOne cable system was launched in 2010 and has landing stations in Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana) and Seixal (Portugal). Jerome Barre, CEO of Wholesale and International Networks at Orange, said: ‘Orange’s ambition [regarding] international networks is both to meet the needs of our affiliates in their interconnection with the internet world and to increase our leadership on the international data services wholesale market. This partnership with MainOne will allow us to strengthen our presence, with new significant assets in West Africa.’

Full-service provider Grupo GTD has announced plans to deploy a submarine fibre-optic cable along the coast of Chile to improve connectivity, La Tercera reports. The project, dubbed Prat, will span around 3,500km, connecting Arica to Puerto Montt via Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena, Valparaiso and Talcahuano and will have an initial capacity of 4Tbps.

Singapore-based Campana Group is arranging total funding of more than USD80 million in equity and debt to deploy the Singapore-Myanmar (SIGMAR) submarine cable. The USD40 million Series B equity financing round is co-led by Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co and Myanmar businessman U Thein Htwe. The 2,200km system will comprise four fibre pairs and will connect Campana’s Thanlyin (Myanmar) International Gateway (IGW) facility, situated 16km south-east of Yangon city, to Tuas (Singapore). Campana will offer diverse fibre backhaul to Yangon and Singapore via open access PoPs, while branching units will be installed for both a future landing in Thailand and for submarine interconnection with cables coming from the West. In addition to SIGMAR, the proceeds will also be used to increase investments in the metro core and last mile connectivity.

The 565km Ireland-France Cable-1 (IFC-1), a fibre-optic submarine cable system originally designed to connect Cork and Dublin in Ireland, Lannion in Brittany and Paris (France), will now offer a direct route between Equinix facilities in Paris and Slough (the UK). The double-armoured system, which is expected to last between 20 and 25 years, will be deployed one and a half metres under the seabed and is set for completion in 2020.

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council has announced that a new 550km subsea spur cable will be built to connect Queensland with the 9,600km Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System (JGA). The Sunshine Coast Council has invested AUD35 million (USD25.2 million) to secure the landing into Queensland, AUD15 million of which was provided through the Queensland government’s AUD150 million Regional Growth Fund. The new extension is scheduled to land in the local government area at Maroochydore, situated around 100km north of Brisbane. The JGA cable is developed by a consortium including RTI Connectivity, AARNet and Google – in partnership with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) and NEC Corporation. The 9,500km submarine fibre-optic cable system will deliver a design capacity of more than 36Tbps and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. JGA will comprise two distinct segments; JGA South (JGA-S) between Sydney, Australia and Piti (Guam) will be owned and operated by a consortium including AARNet, Google and RTI. JGA North (JGA-N), the segment between the Minami-Boso (Japan) and Piti, is a private cable with RTI as the sole purchaser. Both JGA-N and JGA-S will interconnect in Guam at GTA’s newly built landing station.

Liquid Telecom has commenced works on interconnecting its pan-African fibre-optic network to Cairo, Egypt. The Cape Town-to-Cairo network – often referred to as the One Africa broadband network – has been in deployment for over ten years and will stretch 60,000km covering 13 countries and connecting more than 660 cities. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, Liquid Telecom and Telecom Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July 2018, under which Liquid will link its network with Telecom Egypt’s network via a new cross border interconnection in Sudan.

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Australia, Chile, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, France, Myanmar, Senegal, Singapore, United Kingdom, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Equinix, Google (Alphabet), Grupo GTD (incl. Telsur), Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT), MainOne Cable, NEC, Orange Group, Orange Marine, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Telecom Egypt