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

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18 Nov 2022

Florida-based technology firm Gold Data has announced that it is building what it says is the first cable system in the Gulf of Mexico. Known as Gold Data 1, the ten fibre-pair cable will offer more than 250TBps of capacity and will connect Miami in Florida with Mexico City, Cancun and Queretaro in Mexico. The USD150 million investment represents the third and final phase of Gold Data’s Mexican network expansion. Orange Marine is assisting with the technical design of the cable, and will work with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) on the deployment.

Farice, which is owned by the Icelandic government, has announced this week that the IRIS sub-sea cable system is now in its final phase of implementation. The new 1,770km cable, which is being deployed by SubCom, will have landing points in Thorlakshofn (Iceland) and Galway (Ireland). IRIS is expected to be ready for service (RFS) in the first quarter of 2023. TeleGeography notes that Farice already owns and operates two submarine cables which connect Iceland to Europe, namely: FARICE-1 and DANICE.

MCI International, Verizon Hawaii and Cable & Wireless BVI (C&W BVI) have filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking to assign the MCI/Verizon minority ownership interests in the Taino-Carib submarine cable, which connects Puerto Rico with the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, to C&W BVI. Together, MCI and Verizon Hawaii have a 10.225% ownership and voting interest in the Taino-Carib cable, while C&W BVI has a 14.462% stake. Upon completion of the proposed transaction, C&W BVI would have an aggregate ownership and voting interest of 24.687%. The 186km Taino-Carib system, which was certified RFS in December 1992, has landing points in Condado Beach and Isla Verde (Puerto Rico, US) and Magen’s Bay (US Virgin Islands). The FCC extended the cable authorisation for another 25 years in February 2021.

Angola Cables has established a new unit called Telcables to provide connectivity and digital solutions in Nigeria and West Africa. According to IT Web Africa, the Telcables team will work with local network service providers, metropolitan networks and operators to develop and deploy localised ICT solutions powered by the Angola Cables’ global network. Rui Faria, Commercial Director for Angola Cables, noted that Angola Cables can offer enterprises in the region the capability to exchange traffic with more than twenty of the largest IXPs around the world and offer scalable connectivity and IP transit to the major hubs of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has deployed Infinera’s ICE6 800G optical engine across its submarine and terrestrial networks between the Middle East and Europe to increase capacity in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, which commences in Qatar on Sunday 20 November. The two parties note that the upgrade to ICE6 doubles GBI’s network capacity and provides connections of up to 800G per wavelength.

BAI Communications has announced the close of its acquisition of ZenFi Networks, an east-coast US provider of digital infrastructure solutions. ZenFi now becomes a BAI Group company, alongside Mobilitie and Transit Wireless in the US. As part of the acquisition, BAI obtains ZenFi’s portfolio of assets, including over 1,100 route miles of fibre throughout the New York and New Jersey metro region.

OFS, part of Furukawa Electric Group, has been selected by DC BLOX to deploy a terrestrial network extension connecting the latter’s South Carolina Cable Landing Station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach to Charleston, Augusta and Atlanta, landing in Lithia Springs, Georgia. Previously, in May 2022 DC BLOX acquired the south-eastern fibre assets from Light Source Communications and Ascendant Capital Fiber, which included a unique in-deployment dark fibre network connecting South Carolina to Georgia.

Finally, EXA Infrastructure plans to build a new dedicated open CLS in Mazara del Vallo on the Italian island of Sicily to enhance its current landing and backhaul capacity. The new CLS will consolidate existing smaller landing sites in Mazara.

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