The Tasmanian government has hired a consulting firm to study whether the state should connect to SubPartner’s massive international APX submarine cable project. WorleyParsons’ global advisory arm Advisian was handed $180,000 by the Tasmanian government last month to provide technical and commercial advice on SubPartners’ offer for the state to tap into the APX-Central (Perth to Sydney) section of its global cable.
Campana Group, based in Singapore with a Yangon subsidiary, will deliver international connectivity, a reliable submarine network and massive capacity at an economical price, U Myo Myint Ohn said. The firm’s MYTHIC cable project joins others currently in the works and aims to disrupt the effective monopoly state-owned incumbent Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) enjoys in doling out international capacity. The telco, as part of a consortium, currently runs the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, which connects Myanmar to 33 other countries around the world. Soon, MPT will operate SEA-ME-WE 5, which will link up with 17 other countries.
NTT Communications will connect the colocation facilities of the Japan Exchange Group (JPX) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The company has launched JPX-SGX Co-Location Direct to this end. This low-latency service for international leased lines will start from April 2015. NTT Com will leverage its working relationships with JPX, SGX and its Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE) to deliver this service. ASE provides the shortest cable route available between Japan and Singapore.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Hong Kong had the fastest Internet connection, followed by Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and China. According to the report, the average Internet connection speed in Vietnam was 2.5 Mbps in the third quarter of last year, down 12% quarter-on-quarter, while the highest speed to be recorded was 16.6 Mbps. Compared to the same period of 2013, the average and the highest speeds in Vietnam inched up, with respective increases of 22% and 38%.
According to the latest notice of the AAG operator sent to Vietnamese Internet service providers, the repair began on January 17 and will finish on January 28. However, Internet connection between Vietnam and the world will be resumed on January 24. Earlier, on January 8, the operator said the repair would complete on January 23. The AAG submarine cable was cut at 8:04 am on January 5, at a point about 117km from the landing station in Vung Tau.
Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.
It is expected that the cable repair vessel will approach the broken segment at 1am on January 15 and the cable will be fixed completely at 2pm on January 23. By that time Internet connection from Vietnam to other countries will be 100% restored. The AAG submarine cable was cut at 8:04 am on January 5, at a point about 117km from the landing station in Vung Tau.
Some internet service providers in Vietnam received the notice from AAG’s management unit the morning of January 5, 2015. The breakdown is located in S1H segment, which is a turn from the international line to the southern coastal city Vung Tau (VTU). At present, VTU station is attempting to identify thespecific location of disruption. The management unit has not revealed how long it will take to fix the problem. However, the incident will affect internet bandwidth from Vietnam to international destinations.
Telstra has confirmed it is in talks to buy the company that owns the world’s largest private submarine cable network, Pacnet. If successful, Telstra would take control of some 46,000 kms of undersea cable stretching between Asia and the United States. Telstra company secretary Damien Coleman confirmed the discussions in a statement on Wednesday, but said there was “no certainty” a transaction will take place.
Telstra, Spark and Vodafone today reaffirmed their intention to build the Tasman Global Access (TGA) Cable for US$70 million (A$86 million), albeit with several changes to the original business plan. Spanning 2300 kilometres, the cable will land at Oxford Falls in Sydney and Raglan in the Waikato in New Zealand where it will connect to Vodafone’s existing Acqua Link infrastructure, and have a starting design capacity of 20 terabit per second.
The SEA-ME-WE-3 cable linking Perth to Singapore was once again cut last night and will undergo repairs. According to an iiNet fault notice, the cable was broken at 11.45 pm WST yesterday. The provider is advising that customers may experience higher than usual latency or delays in web speeds, particularly between some international destinations.
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.