Megaport has sold 180km of its fibre network covering Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Amcom for $15 million, and will lease back the assets under a 15-year arrangement. Amcom’s purchase will give it access to 17,000 buildings, 30 data centres (plus a further 18 on the way), and around 30 NBN points of interconnect across the three cities. The company estimates that it will be able to service an extra 5000 customers through its new data centre assets.
The Asia America Gateway (AAG) consortium recently selected Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) for a 100G expansion to significantly enhance its trans-Pacific cable network to address the growing demand for anywhere, anytime broadband access. Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will add multi-terabit data capacity, and enable AAG’s network to reliably meet the demands of on-demand data networking services and traffic growth driven by mobile applications, high-definition video and cloud computing.
The cable operator said the weld started at 11.15pm on October 1 and finished at 7.45am on October 2. International channels have been restored 100 percent. On September 15, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong. This incident affected Internet services in Vietnam, especially connections to other countries. On September 30, the second break was reported, 68 km from the Hong Kong mainland station.
AAG said welding of the first breaking point, 64km from the landing station in Hong Kong, will be finalized at 10am on September 28 and completed the next day. At the second break recently discovered, the first welding is expected to be completed at 8pm on October 1. By 7am on October 10, the break will be repaired and the transmission line will be restored. By 10 am on October 3, the cable will be buried and repairs completed by noon on October 5, two days later than previously scheduled.
FPT Telecom Joint Stock Company said repairs on the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable network will be finished on September 30, four days ahead of schedule. Hong Kong authorities licensed the welding cable ship to enter its territorial waters earlier than expected. The initial plan had called for repairs to start on September 29 and end on October 4. On September 15, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong. This incident affected Internet services in Vietnam, especially communications and exchange of information from Vietnam to other countries.
After the storm Kalmaegi weakened into a tropical depression, the operator of AAG (Asia America Gate Way) international undersea cable made a plan to repair the broken cable. Accordingly, at 8pm on September 29, a ship will arrive at the site and start the repair on October 1. The work is expected to end on the morning of October 4; it will restore 100% of transmission capacity on the route. On September 15 evening, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong.
Google announced that carriers from various countries, including China Mobile, China Telecom, and France’s Global Transit, will jointly invest in a trans-Pacific high-speed Internet cable system named “Faster”. The total investment of this Faster project is estimated to be about USD300 million and participating companies include China Mobile, China Telecom, Global Transit, Google, Japan’s KDDI, and Singapore’s SingTel. This project is expected to be completed and put into operation before the second quarter of 2016.
Google has joined Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean telcos in a project to build a new subsea cable between Japan and the United States West Coast. The A$325 million FASTER project involves a six fibre-pair cable which will enter service in the second quarter of 2016. Initial design capacity for FASTER is 100 wavelengths at 100 gigabits per second each – with six fibre-pairs, the cable will have a total capacity of 60 terabits per second. That capacity makes FASTER the largest design-capacity cable across the Pacific.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market” report to their offering. This research discusses the fiber optic test equipment market in Southeast Asia. The market is currently at a growth stage. Government directives to increase national broadband applications are among of the main drivers of this market. The research provides a forecast and analysis of the key fiber optic product segments, end-user verticals, countries, and applications that will be driving the growth of the market.
The Asia America Gateway has announced to complete the repair of the Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet cable at 12pm on Sunday, July 27. Internet connection from Vietnam to the world via the AAG cable, therefore, was fully restored from 12.15pm the same day, after 12 days of interruption and three days earlier than expected. The repair started on July 26 and it was scheduled to complete on July 30. The submerged cable was broken on July 15 off Vung Tau’s coast, causing widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.
VietNamNet Bridge – A special vessel has entered Vietnam’s territorial waters to fix the broken AAG cable segment from July 26 to July 30, according to the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) sea cable management centre. The repair will be carried out from 3am on July 26 to July 30 in order to resume normal operations of the Vung Tau-Hong Kong internet cable. Vietnamese internet service customers began experiencing disruptions and slower speeds on the evening of July 15 caused by a severed submerged internet cable just off Vung Tau’s coast.
Vietnamese internet service customers began experiencing disruptions and slower speeds on the evening of July 15 caused by a severed submerged internet cable just off Vung Tau’s coast. VHost Company on July 15 quoted the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) sea cable management centre as saying that the incident has caused widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.
Submarine cable builder SubPartners will land its APX-West and APX-Central cables in NextDC’s Perth P1 data centre, the company revealed today. The 5300km APX-Central cable will connect Perth and Sydney from the third quarter of 2016, with additional spurs planned for Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart. The 4700km APX-West will connect Perth to Changi North in Singapore with planned branches to Jakarta, Indonesia and Christmas Island.
The New Zealand government today announced it has signed up for capacity on the trans-Pacific Hawaiki data communications cable, and will become an anchor tenant once the link is constructed. Science and innovation minister Steven Joyce and communications and IT minister Amy Adams jointly announced the signing of the contract, which is worth NZ$65 million (A$60.5 million) over 25 years. The NZ government’s stake was acquired through the country’s Research and Educational Advanced Network (REANNZ) and includes the initial NZ$15 million contribution for Hawaiki announced last year.
MUMBAI, INDIA/SINGAPORE: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today announced its latest investment into the Asia Pacific region. The new ICX cable infrastructure is part of the company’s strategy to provide a direct subsea route to bridge an important gap in the emerging markets corridor, specifically delivering a direct Mumbai-Singapore route to bypass current outage prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.
Google Inc. is weighing an investment in a new cable across the Pacific Ocean, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter. The move comes as technology companies send an increasing amount of traffic across private networks, the report said. (on.wsj.com/1isOMAv) Google took a stake in a similar $300 million cable in 2010, according to the report. The Internet search company would use the new subsea cable to connect data centers in Oregon and Japan, the report said.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT (NYSE:NTT) Group, announced today that the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) will be extended to Cambodia to provide reliable, high-capacity communication infrastructure for the increasing number of multinational companies operating in the Mekong region.
A bill to afford Australian submarine fibre optic cables the same protection as fibre links to international locations is set to become law, after the proposed legislation passed the Senate today. The bill was first introduced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull late last year. The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013 will now be presented to the Governor-General for assent before becoming law.
Nextgen will team up with Alcatel-Lucent to build a 2000 km subsea fibre optic cable off the north West Australian coast. NextGen has emerged as the winner of a two-year tender process to connect broadband services to INPEX Ichthys Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Shell Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) projects located in the Browse Basin area. Peter McGrath, CEO of Nextgen, told iTnews the cable will be built using the Alcatel-Lucent submarine network at a cost the company predicted to exceed $100 million.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of IE Market Research Corp’s new report “3Q.2013 Asia Pacific Fixed line, Cable and Broadband Operator Forecast” to their offering. This Asia Pacific Fixed line, Cable and Broadband Operator Forecast covers operator, carrier, ISP, Multichannel TV (IPTV, CATV, DTT, DTH) and VoIP subscription breakdowns by technology. Technologies covered include: xDSL, Cable modem, Ethernet including UTP / FTP, Fixed Wireless Broadband, FTTx, LTE, Powerline, Satellite, VDSL, and WiMax.