The ASC Cable

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During Submarine Networks World 2017 we caught up with Luke Mackinnon, Head of Vocus International at Vocus Communications who told us about their plans to bring additional connectivity into Western Australia from Singapore.  Called the Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC for short), this 4,600Km system will comprise a four fiber pair system that will incorporate a minimum of 40 Tbps of total …

New network topologies for a next-gen Internet

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What are some of the new network topologies that we should start considering to accommodate the expected boom in bandwidth consumption? Managing ROADMs – how can we improve on reliability and reduce risk? These are some topics that was discussed at the 20th Annual Submarine Networks World 2017, held last September. In this keynote network design panel,  moderator, Dr Steve Grubb, …

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Pacific Light Cable Network – An update from PLDC

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Winston Qiu, Senior Vice President at Pacific Light Data Communications shares his vision for the new Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN). Despite the many subsea cables connecting Asia with the US, there are none which connect Hong Kong directly with the US. That is until now. Pacific Light Data Communications (PLDC) are currently in the process of laying the first direct …

Financing tomorrow’s cables

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With new routes being deployed to ensure diversity and resiliency, how does this change or affect the business case and financial criteria for investment? At last year’s 20th Annual Submarine Networks World 2017, we heard from different stakeholders in a panel discussion on Financing tomorrow’s cables The Panel was moderated by Andrew Lipman, Head of Telecommunications, Media & Technology, Morgan, Lewis …

Coming NEXT

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Southern Cross Cable Networks are seeking ultra-reliability by adding a third cable to their two existing subsea cables linking Australia with the US. Anthony Briscoe, CEO of SCCN, gave us the lowdown. At a time of rising capacity demand, and increased reliance of countries on stable international communications, Southern Cross are well aware that the ability to provide access to …

Evaluating the business of an “Open Network”

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At last year’s 20th Annual Submarine Networks World 2017, we gained some valuable insights from professionals in the subsea industry in a panel discussion on an open cable system. The panel was moderated by Tony Mosley, Director of Business Development, Ocean Specialists Inc and he was joined by the following panellists: Bob Hadaway, Vice President, Product Line Management, Ciena Pierre Tremblay, …

SEA-ME-WE 5 cable – the lowest latency link between Europe and SE Asia

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Linette Lee, Chairperson for the Management Committee at SEA-ME-WE 5, gave us the inside story on this impressive new cable. The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium recently completed their long-distance (SMW5) undersea cable which connects Southeast Asia to Western Europe via the Middle East with the lowest latency cable available on that route. And the 20,000km SEA-ME-WE5 cable has some impressive stats …

Deep Blue – Connectivity in the Caribbean

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As with many island regions across the globe, the current network of subsea cables which connects the islands of the Caribbean is technologically inferior. There has in fact been no new pan-regional fiber-optic deployment here in the last decade. Compounding this issue, some of the region’s primary undersea cable links have already exceeded their planned technical lifespan of 20 years. …