Superloop acquires Brisbane ISP for AU$5.8m

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has signed a contract to acquire small Brisbane-based internet service provider (ISP) APEXN just four months after listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The deal will see Superloop provide AU$5.8 million in total to acquire the business, consisting of AU$3.8 million in cash and AU$2 million worth of scrip, with the deal to close on October 16.

Alcatel’s strategic undersea cables unit to be swallowed by Nokia

APACChannel News Asia — PARIS: Alcatel-Lucent said on Tuesday it will not sell its undersea cables unit, meaning the strategic business which underpins the global Internet will be taken by Nokia once it completes its acquisition of the Franco-American group. The Finnish firm said in April the 15.6 billion euro (US$17 billion) acquisition of network gear maker Alcatel-Lucent as they aim to better compete with market leader Ericsson and low-cost Chinese powerhouse Huawei .

Subsea cable leaves Telstra customers with Apple download delays

AustraliaZDNet — Customers on the Telstra network have complained about substantial delays in downloading Apple services for most of the week, with Telstra now acknowledging a subsea cable issue and claiming that it is working on resolving it. The issue, flagged on broadband enthusiast website Whirlpool and onTwitter, has seen Telstra customers attempting to download or update their operating systems or apps across the iTunes Store and the App Store, as well as use streaming services Apple Music and Apple Radio, experience severe delays.

Cambodia’s Chuan Wei expands nationwide ultra-broadband network with Alcatel-Lucent

CambodiaDeveloping Telecoms — Alcatel-Lucent and Cambodia’s Chuan Wei Ltd have signed a frame agreement to expand mobile ultra-broadband connectivity across the country. The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and VoLTE technologies will allow the Internet Service Provider to meet growing data demands of more enterprise customers while launching new consumer services.

Guangdong Cable contracts vendors for private cloud

ChinaTelecom Asia — Huawei and Accenture have entered into an agreement with Guangdong Cable (GCable) in China to deploy an integrated budget management planning and support system. This will be done by leveraging the Enterprise Private Cloud solution under the Huawei-Accenture strategic alliance (HASA).

Equinix (EQIX) Helps to Build FASTER Marine Internet Cable

APACNASDAQ — Data center company, Equinix Inc. has scaled a new level of technological success in the field of subsea communications by backing the development of a high-speed underwater cable network between the U.S. and Asia.  The company will help to build the fiber-optic cable system, FASTER, on the Trans-Pacific route connecting the U.S. and Japan. As is evident from the name of the project, the latest subsea cable system can support channel rates of 60Tb/s.

Broadband policy should prioritise national needs

BangladeshThe government needs to answer questions about why the state-owned Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) is selling 57Gbps of bandwidth to an Italian company at a knock-down price far below the prevailing price in Bangladesh’s market. With broadband uptake in Bangladesh sorely lagging behind other countries, it makes no sense to export bandwidth at such low prices, when in other deals with India, BSCCl has achieved higher rates.

Has SeaMeWe-3 been cut again?

APACThe Register — Rumours are emerging that there’s yet another break in the SeaMeWe-3 cable. The Register has been unable to get confirmation of the break, but has been told that Australian ISPs are seeing blowouts in ping times as traffic routes around the problem. The SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable provides connectivity from Australia to Europe via the middle-east, and in Singapore picks up connectivity to Asia.

NTT Communications scales Japan-U.S. network capacity beyond 1 Terabit

JapanFierce Telecom — NTT Communications continues to scale the speed of its global network, announcing that the capacity on its Japan to United States route surpassed 1 Tbps this month. The service provider claims this marks the first time a Japan-U.S. network reached that speed. By having this new capacity on hand, NTT said it will be able to support the forecast demand for capacity that it expects to see double over the next two years due to the growing number of Internet users on mobile smartphones and tablets and the growing adoption of broadband.

Logging On: New Internet Cable Boosts Myanmar’s Connectivity with Neighbors

MyanmarASEAN Briefing — Earlier this week Jiang Zhengxin – vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp. –revealed that the company has been contracted to construct China’s first international undersea cable linking China and Myanmar. Speaking from the sidelines of the China-ASEAN Information Harbor Forum held on September 13th, this announcement comes as part of a larger push by China to enhance its connectivity with ASEAN.

Hawaiki hunts for $US150 million to build submarine cable to the US

AustraliaSydney Morning Herald — The Hawaiki submarine cable project, designed to connect high speed broadband between Australia, New Zealand and the United States, has launched a belated attempt to raise $US150 million – half of its total construction cost.Most of the global internet’s content currently comes from the United States where companies like Google and Facebook are based.

China Unicom laying country’s first international undersea cable

ChinaWant China Times — China Unicom, one of China’s main telecommunications service providers, is building the country’s first international undersea cable, the company said on Sunday. China Unicom is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, the parent of the state-run telecom company.

China building its first international undersea cable with ASEAN

ChinaIndia Times — BEIJING: China is building its first international undersea cable that will carry information and data flow between the country and the ASEAN nations.  State-owned China Unicom, one of the main telecommunications providers in the country, is cooperating with Myanmar’s telecommunications operators to build the underwater cable, said Jiang Zhengxin, vice general manager of China United Telecommunications Corp, parent of China Unicom.

End users of internet will not gain from bandwidth price cut, say operators, from Bangladesh

BangladeshBD News 24 — Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) announced the price cut on Monday, saying the internet gateways will get 1MBPS bandwidth at Tk 625 from Tuesday, down from Tk 1,068. The 41 percent reduced price is applicable for 10GBPS (gigabyte per second) slab in Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar initially. The IIG operators say only one or two among the 37 of them buy from the 10GBPS slab from the BSCCL.

TM wins deal to help deploy new subsea cable

MalaysiaTelecom Asia — Telekeom Malaysia (TM) has secured a 20-year contract to help construct, deploy and manage a new subsea cable system for the nation. The  Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M) is designed to link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak. It is an initiative of the Malaysian government as part of efforts to increase the capacity of high-speed broadband. The two fiber pair system will use 100Gbps technology to deliver an initial capacity of 4Tbps, upgradeable to at least 12.8Tbps.

Telekom Malaysia inks deal with Time dotCom for SKR1M cable

MalaysiaThe Star — KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia Bhd has signed a construction and maintenance agreement with a unit of TIME dotCom Bhd for a new submarine cable system, Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M).  SKR1M will link Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak and it will use the latest 100Gbps wavelength technology with initial capacity of 4 Terabit per second (Tbps) and upgradeable to a minimum of 12.8Tbps. It is a two fibre pair cable system with an estimated total length of 3,500 km.

Bangladesh cuts internet bandwidth prices by 41%

BangladeshBangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) announced the price cut on Monday, saying the internet gateways will get 1MBPS bandwidth at Tk 625 from Tuesday, down from Tk 1,068. Managing Director Md Monwar Hossain said the reduced prices would be applicable for 10GBPS (gigabyte per second) slab. Dhaka, Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar will initially enjoy the privilege.

Superloop announces AU$1.19m loss for FY15 as network construction continues

AustraliaZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has released its first annual results report for the financial year ending June 30, 2015, recording a net loss of AU$1.19 million due to the costs of developing the new business and expanding its fibre-optic network across Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, as well as a lack of customers.

Service outage reporting should apply to subsea networks, too, Wheeler says

APACFierce Telecom — The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) during its monthly meeting in September. It will consider a draft NPRM that proposes to require submarine cable licensees to report significant outages in appropriate detail through the FCC’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), where other wireline and wireless communications providers already report outages.

Interoute launches U.S. to Hong Kong network route to support global cloud platform

Hong KongThe Stack — Interoute has opened two new trans-pacific network routes connecting Los Angeles and Hong Kong to bolster its position as Europe’s ‘biggest cloud service platform.’ The operator said that the independent routes mark ‘the final step in creating a fully meshed global network,’ lowering latency for customers in North America and Asia.