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

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5 May 2023

US tech conglomerate Meta has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to obtain a licence to land and operate a fibre-optic submarine cable system between the US and Spain. The 7,121km cable – which will be known as Anjana – will connect the DC Blox-owned cable landing station (CLS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (US) to a new Telxius-owned CLS in Santander, Cantabria (Spain). The NEC-built cable will have a capacity of 480Tbps across 24 fibre pairs. The deployment is set to start in August 2023, with a tentative 4Q24 ready for service (RFS) date.

The planned ARIMAO cable between Cienfuegos, Cuba and Schoelcher, Martinique has entered the testing phase, Prensa Latina reports, citing Lidia Esther Hidalgo, VP of Network Operations at Cuban state telco ETECSA, which will co-own the cable alongside Orange Group of France. The 2,470km cable is expected to go live later this year.

Over in Cambodia, Chea Vandeth, the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, has confirmed that a submarine linking the country to Hong Kong is scheduled for completion in 2024. The update was reported by the Khmer Times, which says that the cable has been bankrolled by a loan from the Chinese government. Previous reports have indicated that the 2,715km cable will land in Preah Sihanouk province.

Finally, center3 and Meta have confirmed that the 2Africa cable has landed at two of the four planned landing locations in Saudi Arabia, namely Jeddah and Yanbu. The cable will land in Duba later this year and Al Khobar in 2024. In total, the 45,000km cable will connect 33 countries by the time it is completed in 2024.

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Cambodia, Cuba, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United States, 2Africa Cable, Center3, Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA), Meta (incl. Facebook), Orange Group

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