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

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12 Nov 2021

Installation works on a new submarine cable linking the Greek municipality of Attica to Heraklion in Crete has commenced. The new system is part of a EUR1 billion (USD1.15 billion) Attica-Crete high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection project, which is expected to be completed in 2024. Italian cable supplier Prysmian Group was awarded the EUR20 million contract for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the two submarine telecoms links for a total length of 670km in May 2020.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been notified that the Committee for the Assessment of Foreign Participation in the United States Telecommunications Services Sector is reviewing an application for the transfer of control of GlobeNet Cabos Submarinos America (GlobeNet), including its GlobeNet cable system operated under the Atlantica-1 cable licence, from BTG Pactual Infraestrutura II Fundo de Investimento em Participacoes (BTG FIP Infraestrutura) to BTG Pactual InfraCo Master Fundo de Investimento em Participacoes Multiestrategia (BTG New Fund). The parties have entered into a series of agreements pursuant to which in a series of related transactions, BTG New Fund will acquire control of GlobeNet and other telecommunications infrastructure network assets located in Brazil and currently owned and operated by Oi. The FCC will be notified when the chair has determined that responses to the Committee’s initial request for information are complete and the 120-day initial review period can begin.

Epsilon has expanded its partnership with SEAX to boost its presence across Southeast Asia. The bilateral partnership enables SEAX to use Epsilon’s Network as a Service (NaaS) platform Infiny to deliver on-demand connectivity over the Epsilon global private network, while Epsilon enables high-capacity network services via SEAX’s PoPs located in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. SEAX’s infrastructure connects Southeast Asia with a fibre backhaul network and submarine cable system including the SEAX-1 cable, as well as onward connectivity with over 30 submarine cables across Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Digital Realty and Ciena have a signed an agreement to deliver a cloud-based interconnectivity to customers across Asia Pacific. Robert Davidson, APAC Head of Network Strategy at Digital Realty, said: ‘Enhancing Digital Realty’s network with Ciena’s coherent optics enables us to not just sell space, power, and security management facilities but also bundle DCI capabilities for customers at the lowest operational cost.’ Digital Realty operates a network of data centres in Asia Pacific, with locations in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Melbourne and Sydney. It is implementing Ciena’s 6500 Reconfigurable Line System, Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform, and Manage, Control and Plan domain controller, enabling high capacity DCI and disaster recovery/backup between data centres.

A 4.3km portion of submarine cable used for research purposes has disappeared off the Norwegian coast, DPA International writes. The cable, which measures 66km in total, connects several underwater platforms equipped with cameras and microphones, project manager Geir Pedersen said.

The government of Burkina Faso has inaugurated the first phase of the National Fibre Optic Backbone Project (Projet Backbone National des Telecommunications or PBNT). In July 2013 the Council of Ministers of Burkina Faso authorised the signing of a contract with Huawei for the construction of the national fibre backbone, with construction works on the first phase – spanning 2,001km – officially starting in December 2017. The PBNT now reaches 66 municipalities, including twelve regional capitals, 26 provincial capitals and 40 rural municipalities, with interconnection to four neighbouring countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Niger. When fully completed, the PBNT project will see the deployment of 5,443km of fibre-optic network routes that will connect the capital Ouagadougou with 145 municipalities, including 45 provincial capitals, with new routes to neighbouring countries.

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Brazil, Burkina Faso, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, Ciena Corporation, Epsilon Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), GlobeNet Cabos Submarinos, Huawei Technologies, Oi, Prysmian Group