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

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21 Oct 2022

EllaLink has announced the development of a direct connection between Sines and the Lisbon Metro Area, which will be known as Olisipo. The new system is designed to connect all of the international submarine landings in Portugal with the major data centres in the region. The 110km fully buried cable will have a total design capacity of 4.3 Petabits. Olisipo will land in Carcavelos and Sines, with additional branches connecting to the Seixal and Sesimbra cable landing stations and the Setubal area. Olisipo is projected to be ready for service (RFS) by 2024. Philippe Dumont, CEO of EllaLink, commented: ‘Olisipo sustains EllaLink’s vision [of] having Sines as one of the most important interconnection hubs in Iberia.’

The Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN) – a joint project helmed by Globe, Eastern Communications and InfiniVAN – has reached Mactan Island. The partners announced that they have deployed fibre cables in Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan, Cebu as part of the country’s longest submarine cable network. Mactan represents the PDSCN’s tenth landing point to date.

Algar Telecom and Angola Cables have selected Infinera to modernise and scale their jointly owned Monet Cable System, which connects Boca Raton in Florida with landing sites in Fortaleza and Praia Grande in Brazil. As per the contract, Infinera will deploy its ICE6 800G optical engine to increase capacity and reach. The other backers of the cable are US internet giant Google and Antel of Uruguay.

Shefa, a 100% owned subsidiary of Faroese Telecom, has issued the following statement via its website: ‘Telecom services in Shetland are affected due to a cable fault in the SHEFA-2 submarine cable between Shetland and Orkney. Technicians are working to restore services to the extent possible.’ The submarine cable, which went live in 2007 links the Faroe Islands, the Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands to mainland Scotland. According to Scottish press reports, the damage was caused by a fishing trawler.

Telxius has teamed up with New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX), to offer a direct terrestrial fibre route between its cable landing station (CLS) in Virginia Beach to NJFX’s carrier-neutral colocation campus in Wall, New Jersey. This new, unique route is the most direct link between NJFX and Telxius’ Virginia Beach CLS, extending the capabilities and services related to Telxius’ Marea, Dunant and Brusa subsea cable systems. By joining the NJFX interconnection platform, Telxius and its customers gain direct, on-demand interconnection with the Havfrue/AEC-2, Seabras-1, TGN1 and TGN2 cables.

International network service provider RETN has announced that its expansion in the Balkan region continues, with the deployment of a new long-haul DWDM route connecting Budapest, Belgrade and Sofia. The new fibre route spans a total distance of 932km.

Elsewhere in Europe, A1 Telekom Austria Group’s international business unit has teamed up with Hungary’s Invitech ICT Services to install what they have described as ‘the shortest and fastest fibre connection between Vienna and Budapest’. Two fully diverse routes have been implemented between the two capital cities.

Finally, NEC Corporation has signed a charter contract with UK-based Global Marine Systems for an optical submarine cable-laying ship for approximately four years. The contract will allow NEC to ‘respond to expanding demand for submarine cables due to the increase in global data traffic’. The 127m Norway-registered vessel is called the Normand Clipper.

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Austria, Brazil, Faroe Islands, Hungary, Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, A1 Telekom Austria Group, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables, Eastern Communications, EllaLink, Foroya Tele (Faroese Telecom), Globe Telecom (incl. Innove), Infinera, InfiniVAN, Invitech, NEC, RETN, Shefa