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

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22 Oct 2021

The Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE Cable) subsea cable has now landed in Marseille. Orange, which serves as the landing party for the PEACE cable in France, has successfully completed the landing of the PEACE system in the country and will supply and operate the cable landing station. In addition, Orange will be in charge of extending the PEACE cable system to one of Marseille’s major data centres where the submarine line terminal equipment is located. Phase 1 of the PEACE project (spanning 12,000km) will link France to Pakistan through a single landing point in the city of Marseille (France) using the Europe-Asia route, and to the city of Mombasa (Kenya) via a short route towards the Indian Ocean that will be expanded to South Africa via the PEACE South extension under Phase 2, reaching a total length of 15,000km. The PEACE submarine cable will feature 16Tbps per fibre pair with 200Gbps per single wavelength.

Triple Point’s Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) has agreed to purchase rights to one fibre pair from Facebook on the 2Africa PEARLS fibre-optic cable. D9 will market the route as EMIC-1, with AquaComms tasked with operating and managing the capacity on behalf of D9. The EMIC-1 system extends D9’s fibre network to over 30,000km. The 2Africa PEARLS branch – extending the 2Africa cable to the Arabian Gulf, India and Pakistan – was first announced earlier this month. 2Africa PEARLS will feature landing locations in Oman (Barka), UAE (Abu Dhabi and Kalba), Qatar (Doha), Bahrain (Manama), Kuwait (Kuwait), Iraq (Al-Faw), Pakistan (Karachi), India (Mumbai), and a fourth landing in Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar). Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) will deploy the 2Africa PEARLS branch utilising new technologies, such as SDM, that allow the deployment of up to 16 fibre pairs.

The Kativik Regional Government (KRG) has secured the remaining funds needed for the completion of the Eastern Arctic Undersea Fiber Optic Network (EAUFON) project, Arctic Today writes. In addition to funding from the federal and provincial governments, the KRG is receiving a total of USD53.4 million from a federal fund administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. EAUFON is aiming to connect five communities in northern Quebec (Puvirnituq, Kuujjuaraapik, Whapmagoostui, Umiujaq and Inukjuak) that have been primarily dependent on satellite links. The contract for the deployment was awarded to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) in October 2020; work on the system commenced in August 2021. According to Dan Pellerin, a telecoms adviser for the KRG, all cables and electronics have been laid as of 1 October 2021, with the official saying: ‘We are now working on testing, commissioning, inspections and training’. Further, Pellerin disclosed that he hopes the fibre network will be in use by January 2022 at the latest. Going forward, in 2022 the rollout will continue up the coast to the Hudson Strait, to connect Akulivik, Ivujivik, Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq. Kuujjuaq will be linked to another fibre-optic line running to Kawawachikamach, roughly 400km south, while the rest of the region’s communities will get increased satellite capacity.

Telxius has disclosed that the European research network GEANT will take advantage of its connectivity services in Europe to improve communications in the Iberian Peninsula for the benefit of the scientific community. Telxius boasts an international high-capacity submarine cable network of around 94,000km, which links Europe to the US, Latin America and beyond.

Traffic over the 6,156km South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has seen a considerable ten-fold increase since the system’s launch in 2018, with the cable providing major telecoms, content delivery networks and multi-nationals with faster access from Africa to Latin America – and the US and Europe via the Monet submarine cable connection. Further, Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) has opened a PoP in Miami, using the low latency connection of SACS. The PoP connects to LIT’s 100,000km fibre network across eleven countries on the continent and another 14 countries via the Operators Alliance Program and Liquid Satellite Services. Vodacom has also upgraded its connection on the SACS cable to extend services and solutions for clients into Brazil and Chile. Guy Clarke, Managing Director for Vodacom Business International, said: ‘This important upgrade gives us the option to expand our services in South America, whilst also providing a direct link between South Africa and Miami in the US’.

SEACOM has announced a 100Gbps upgrade for its IP network. The company said in a press release: ‘The increased capacity of 100Gbps equipment reduces the cost and complexity associated with procuring and maintaining multiple 10Gbps ports and also simplifies load balancing through the flexibility of having ten times more bandwidth per port.’

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier has advanced its Lambda Connect offering, while also announcing the launch of 400GE service for its customers by utilising WaveLogic 5 optical innovations from Ciena enabling a leap from 100GE to 400GE services anywhere on its deployed network infrastructure. The service delivers a four-fold increase in transfer speed and provides the equivalent of 4×100GE via one single 400GE client interface.

EXA Infrastructure has announced the introduction of 400Gbps-enabled services across its European, transatlantic and North American infrastructure platform. EXA Infrastructure will initially enable 65,000km of its network footprint to support 400G, including two transatlantic cables, which equate to more than 3,000 possible route combinations. 400G wavelengths are available from EXA with immediate effect, with further routes and POPs to be added over the coming twelve months.

DE-CIX Barcelona, the new interconnection platform in the Catalonian capital, is fully operational. DE-CIX Barcelona now offers interconnection services including peering and private interconnection, along with cloud exchange services through its Apollon platform, and additional access to top public clouds, including Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Bluemix and Oracle. Following agreements on availability in the premium enabled sites in the bitNAP and Equinix data centres, the company now announces that it will also offer its interconnection services in the EdgeConneX data centre in Barcelona.

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