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

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3 Dec 2021

Independent submarine capacity provider Southern Cross has announced its Southern Cross NEXT cable system will complete its cross-Pacific journey and land at Coogee Beach, New South Wales (Australia) on 14 December, depending on weather conditions. The 13,700km Southern Cross NEXT cable will provide 72Tbps of total design capacity between Sydney (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand) and the US, with additional connections to Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau and Kiribati. The cable features Alcatel Submarine Networks’ (ASN’s) WSS ROADM units and the latest generation of submarine repeaters and is designed to be adaptable to future technology developments.

Chile’s government and multi-service telecommunications provider Gtd Teleductos have inaugurated the Prat domestic submarine cable. The 3,500km Prat system stretches from Arica to Puerto Montt, with landings in Iquique, Antofagasta, Caldera, La Serena, Valparaiso, San Antonio, Constitucion, Concepcion and Puerto Saavedra; it contains 34 fibre-optic strands. The new system was built by Prysmian.

Chile’s Country Development (Desarrollo Pais), the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) and the Regional Government of Magallanes have signed an agreement to promote the deployment of a 1,000km submarine fibre-optic cable connecting Antarctica to the rest of the world via Puerto Williams (Chile). The agreement marks the first step towards the beginning of a market consultation process, which would then be followed by a technical, legal, economic and financial feasibility study

Grid Telecom and IslaLink have announced an agreement for the terrestrial backbone fibre extension of the IONIAN submarine cable aiming to link Italy and Greece. Under the agreement, the system will be extended with Grid Telecom’s fibre network from the landing point in Preveza to Athens and Thessaloniki. Esther Garces, CEO of IslaLink, stated: ‘Having Grid Telecom as a supplier for the terrestrial fibres in Greece gives us a lot of confidence. Grid Telecom’s fibres have a long-standing track record of high reliability, very much in line with our targets for the IONIAN system. Additionally, Grid Telecom and IslaLink are fully aligned from a strategic point of view, since we both are neutral providers of wholesale services’.

DE-CIX has announced its expansion to the Nordic region by opening IX platforms in Norway, Denmark and Finland. Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International, said: ‘The Nordic region comprises some of the world’s most highly developed digital markets. However, the interconnection infrastructure available in the region does not match the digital maturity of the economy in the Nordics. DE-CIX has seen strong support from the Nordic data centre community for our plans to expand to the region, in which we will localise our interconnection capabilities for these markets, at the same time as integrating them into the DE-CIX European and trans-continental interconnection ecosystem.’ The DE-CIX interconnection platforms will be initially available in Bulk Infrastructure Group’s data centres in Oslo and Kristiansand in Norway, as well as Esbjerg (Denmark).

New pan-African data centre company Open Access Data Centres (OADC) has announced a USD500 million multi-year investment programme to construct and operate a network of more than 20 carrier-neutral, GreenStar and Uptime Institute Tier III accredited data centres across Africa. OADC has already started construction of its first two data centre facilities in Africa’s largest markets, Nigeria and South Africa. Rapid progress is being made on deploying OADC Lagos on a four-hectare site in Lekki – the largest data centre campus in West Africa, the company claims.

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Australia, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), DE-CIX, Department of Telecommunications (Subtel), Grupo GTD (incl. Telsur), IslaLink, Prysmian Group, Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN)