China Mobile, China Telecom Participate In Google’s Optical Cable Project

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.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/14/20809-china-mobile-china-telecom-participate-in-googles-optical-cable-project

Google joins Asian telcos in trans-Pacific cable build

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/390917,google-joins-asian-telcos-in-trans-pacific-cable-build.aspx

Research and Markets: Southeast Asia Fiber Optic Test Equipment Market Report 2014

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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3138755

Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet connection resumed

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108459/vung-tau—hong-kong-internet-connection-resumed.html

Internet connection expected to remain slow until end of July

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108065/internet-connection-expected-to-remain-slow-until-end-of-july.html

Damaged undersea internet cable disrupts service

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107569/damaged-undersea-internet-cable-disrupts-service.html

SubPartners picks NextDC as landing point for APX cables

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389438,subpartners-picks-nextdc-as-landing-point-for-apx-cables.aspx

NZ govt takes anchor tenancy on Hawaiki cable

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.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389026,nz-govt-takes-anchor-tenancy-on-hawaiki-cable.aspx

New subsea cable between Mumbai and Singapore

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.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/216371/new-subsea-cable-mumbai-singapore

Google considering investment in new subsea cable – WSJ

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.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/06/21/us-google-idUKKBN0EW05820140621

NTT Communications to Extend Asia Submarine-cable Express to Cambodia

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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3104396

Senate votes to protect domestic submarine cables

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. 

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/385526,senate-votes-to-protect-domestic-submarine-cables.aspx

Nextgen to build $100m subsea cable for gas customers

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.

http://mobile.itnews.com.au/News/385129,nextgen-to-build-100m-subsea-cable-for-gas-customers.aspx

Research and Markets: 3Q.2013 Asia Pacific Fixed line, Cable and Broadband Operator Forecast

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.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3079002

Glass Fiber & Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) Composites Market by Raw Material, Manufacturing Process, Application & by Geography – Global Trends & Forecast to 2019

Asia-Pacific and North America dominates the global GFRP Composites market, accounting for 67% of the overall market in 2013. The U.S. and European countries are leading in research and development of high performance glass fiber products for transportation, aerospace & defense, and wind energy sectors. Member countries of EU; Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain are the key markets in the European GFRP composites market and constitute majority of the market size. Country wise, China is the largest consumer of GFRP Composites products, globally.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3057016

As undersea internet cables get repaired, web speeds in Asia mostly back to normal

TAG indexInternet users in Asia were suffering sluggish speeds following breaks in two sea cables of the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN) that were discovered last week. Thankfully, it looks like everything is back to normal for most telcos as the cables were repaired this week. Of the many ISP members of the APCN consortium in Asia, the Philippines and China were some of the countries most heavily affected. But after about a week of waiting, ISPs are now announcing the good news to their subscribers.

http://www.techinasia.com/internet-speeds-asia-pacific-normal/

Broken sea cables cause web speed woes in Philippines – and the misery isn’t going to end soon

Even more people than usual in the Philippines are bemoaning their woeful internet speeds right now. Philippine telco company PLDT, which is the country’s largest broadband ISP, is currently hit by a slow-down that’s affecting many of its subscribers nationwide. This is following the reported breaks in two internet fiber lines in the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN). The telco company explained what’s happening in a post to Facebook late last week.

http://www.techinasia.com/broken-sea-cables-causes-web-speed-problems-philippines/

Submarine cable operator surfaces as cloud computing host

Global Cloud Xchange, a provider of business communications services, plans to sharpen its focus on China and other emerging markets as it builds an extensive “cloud computing” infrastructure.  The company, formerly known as Reliance Globalcom, owns and operates the world’s largest private undersea cable system. It announced its new corporate identity and strategy in New York on Tuesday.  “We aim to deliver the world’s true cloud ecosystem globally,” chief executive Bill Barney said in an interview before the firm’s rebranding launch.

http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1452387/submarine-cable-operator-surfaces-cloud-computing-host

Deal inked for second subsea cable

Bangladesh has signed a contract with a consortium to install a second submarine cable that will increase the country’s internet bandwidth by sevenfold. The SEA-ME-WE-5 cable that will connect 15 leading operators in the Asia-Pacific and Europe is expected to be installed in 22 months. “Bangladesh will be one of the consortium members as we signed the contract with an objective to get 1,400 gigabits per second of internet bandwidth for the country,” said Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. The contract was signed on Friday in Kuala Lumpur.

http://www.thedailystar.net/deal-inked-for-second-subsea-cable-14696

Qatar to benefit from two major Internet projects

Two huge Internet cable projects, one submarine and one terrestrial, have been recently kicked off and will increase broadband Internet for the Gulf region – and with it Qatar – significantly. The first project is the new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) cable that will connect Asia, Africa and Europe and run over 20,000km from Marseille in France and Palermo in Italy to Singapore. Countries connected on the way are Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, the UAE, Oman, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/384478/qatar-to-benefit-from-two-major-internet-projects