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

6 Dec 2013

GlobeNet, an international wholesale provider of submarine capacity, has announced that it has completed the extension of its subsea network. The anchor tenant on this new express route, from its landing on Colombia’s Atlantic coast to Miami, Florida, is UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones, a full-service telecoms operator in Colombia. The build is a direct extension from GlobeNet’s existing subsea cable system connecting the United States, Venezuela, Brazil and Bermuda, and addresses the increased demand for high capacity in Colombia.

Kenyan mobile leader Safaricom has acquired a 10% stake in The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) submarine cable from rival operator Essar Telecom Kenya (yu), raising its stake in the venture to 32.5%. Essar Telecom Kenya CEO Madhur Taneja commented: ‘This bandwidth had always been idle since we acquired it five years ago’. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

NEC, NTT Communications and Sumitomo have completed a major fixed telecoms upgrade in Myanmar. The infrastructure built by the consortium will improve internet connectivity and support greater economic development. A 30Gbps core optical transmission network connects the cities of Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyidaw. This is in addition to the deployment of 50 Long Term Evolution (LTE) base stations, optical transmission networks capable of 10Gbps internet connectivity and backbone routers in each city. The construction project was conducted under an agreement between the consortium and Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

AT&T has unveiled a new strategic interconnection agreement with India’s Bharti Airtel, in a move likely to benefit multinational corporations (MNCs). Current AT&T MNC customers have access in five parts of the country – Delhi/National Capital Region, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad – via eight network nodes. Through this new Network-to-Network Interconnection (NNI) agreement, customers will be able to access connectivity in more than 100 cities across India, via over 130 of Bharti Airtel’s MPLS-enabled IP network nodes.

Alcatel-Lucent and Australian network services provider Nextgen, have concluded a successful field trial of 400Gbps data transmission in Australia, over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic. The trial was conducted over a 350km route between Sydney and Canberra, using Nextgen’s newly commissioned high-capacity 100Gbps transport network.

Russian national operator Rostelecom plans to construct an undersea fibre line from Sakhalin to Kamchatka and Magadan, with work set to start in the second quarter of 2015. The operator is currently looking for equipment vendors and construction partners for the project, while engineering works have already been completed on the sea floor. The deployment will mean that 80% of the population in the Far-East Federal District is connected to Rostelecom’s fibre network.

A memorandum of understanding regarding the implementation of the Trans-Eurasia Information Superhighway (TASIM) project has been signed in Baku, Azerbaijan. The memorandum was signed by five operators representing members states of TASIM consortium: China Telecom (China), KazTransCom (Kazakhstan), Rostelecom (Russia), Turk Telekom (Turkey) and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. The document reportedly sets out the responsibilities of the operators, as well as financial liabilities and legal status.

ADVA Optical Networking has deployed its 100G metro product for regional German operator Inexio. The contract covers regional connectivity in both Germany and Luxembourg.

The BT Group has renewed and extended its network equipment hosting contract with Germany’s Telefonica Deutschland. BT will provide hosting capacities in 17 locations throughout Germany. The contract covers capacity to host some of the network equipment, such as routers and servers, that form the core of Telefonica’s German network.

Optical transport systems vendor Xtera Communications has demonstrated transmission speeds of 100Gbps and 400Gbps on Verizon’s Dallas-area network, using its XWDM coherent transmission approach.

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