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

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26 Aug 2022

Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has announced the maiden landing of the Saudi Vision Cable in Jeddah. The Saudi Vision Cable, which is wholly owned by stc, will facilitate multi-terabit connection to the Northwestern region of Saudi Arabia via Neom (a planned cross-border city in the Tabuk Province) and onwards to Jordan; the cable will have four landings in Jeddah, Yanbu, Duba and Haq. The system will span 1,160km and will feature four fibre pairs with a design capacity of up to 18Tbps per fibre pair.

PEACE Cable International Network has completed the construction and laying of the PEACE Cable in Pakistan in partnership with Cyber Internet Services (Cybernet). The Pakistan-Egypt segment of the system has achieved final splicing, thus enabling connectivity from Karachi (Pakistan) to Marseille (France). The PEACE Pakistan-Egypt segment connects Karachi, Pakistan and Zafarana (Egypt), spanning a total of 5,800km. The landing in Karachi was completed in March 2021, with the landing in Zafarana following in December 2021. The segment interconnects with the PEACE-MED sub-section at Abu Talat (Egypt); the 3,200km PEACE-MED was certified ready for service (RFS) in March 2022 and has additional landing points in Cyprus, Malta and Marseille (France). Sun Xiaohua, COO of PEACE Cable, said: ‘The segment from Pakistan to France has now been built, which is really a thrilling milestone … With Cybernet, we will bring much-needed redundancy to Pakistan’s internet backbone and provide users with high speed traffic to meet the rapidly growing demand for internet access in different types of digital scenarios in Pakistan.’

Telecom Egypt has inked a strategic collaboration agreement with Orange Jordan to create a terrestrial system connecting Iraq to Europe through Jordan and Egypt. The new system named Cairo Amman Baghdad System (CAB System) is scheduled to be RFS in the third quarter of 2022. The CAB System falls in line with both operators’ strategies to extend their footprints to the Middle East market generally and to the Iraqi market specifically and will capitalise on Telecom Egypt’s position, international assets and facilities, as well as Orange Jordan’s infrastructure in Jordan.

Private companies in Bangladesh are set to get licences to establish, maintain and operate submarine cables, in a shift that could break the state monopoly, The Daily Star writes. Currently, state-run Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd (BSCCL) is the sole company permitted to connect the country to the rest of the world via submarine cables. A total of six operators have applied for the concessions, including Fiber@Home, Mango Teleservices and Summit Communications.

Elsewhere, the Northeastern Indian state of Assam is poised to start importing 30Gbps of bandwidth from Bangladesh in November 2022, webindia123.com writes. Once all agreements are finalised, Assam will establish a cable connection from Sylhet’s Tamabil via Meghalaya’s Dawki to Guwahati at its own expense, while Bangladesh will deploy an alternative line to ensure uninterrupted connectivity up to Tamabil.

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