Fierce 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.
The 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.
Over the past couple of decades we have seen how modern submarine cable systems help global economies flourish by providing global connectivity through fiber optic cables traversing all continents. Globally, undersea cables contribute around 99 percent of total international broadband connectivity.
Digital News Asia — TIME dotCom Bhd posted revenue of RM163.8 million for the three months ended June 30 2015, 5.2% higher than the previous year’s corresponding period of RM155.7 million. [RM1 = US$0.24] In a statement, the company attributed this to strong overall revenue contributions from its data, data centre and voice products, despite lower contributions from global bandwidth sales and non-recurring contracts.
The Edge Markets — KUALA LUMPUR: TIME dotCom Bhd’s net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 (2QFY15) jumped seven times to RM315.43 million or 54.97 sen per share, largely on a fair value gain of RM274 million from the disposal of a portion of its quoted equity investments. The telecommunications provider’s net profit in the previous corresponding quarter came in at RM44 million or 7.68 sen per share.
PRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), today announced the expansion of Singapore-India connectivity to a broader base of global enterprises and carriers. GCX will acquire capacity on the TIC cable between Singapore and Chennai, which will be extended across the seven Indian Capital Cities on GCX domestic network within India.
Data Center Dynamics — NextGen Networks, a global provider of high-speed fiber-optic services, announced that it has deployed new Points of Presence (PoPs) in data centers run by Equinix in Tokyo (TY3) and Frankfurt (FR2). This expansion adds coverage of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region for NexGen. As a longtime Equinix customer, the company has used Platform Equinix to scale its business to provide an ultra-low latency route between Europe and Asia to meet the needs of global enterprises.
Hellenic Shipping News — Optic Marine Services International Ltd (OMS), a specialised undersea fibre optic cable-laying firm, has launched a new vessel that would enable it to venture into deeper sea projects in the region. OMS, which is considering a public listing next year, plans to buy more vessels, which would turn it into a deep-ocean cable-laying player from its current position as a shallow-water player.
Manila Standard Today — Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. said it is in talks with foreign partners to build a new international cable landing station in Mindanao as part of its network expansion. “We are in discussion with the new one. We would like to have something in Mindanao because we already have three landing stations in Luzon,” PLDT president and chief executive Napoleon Nazareno said.
The Sun Daily — PORT KLANG: Optic Marine Services Group (OMS) today launched the Malaysian-flagged submarine cable installation barge – Cable Orchestra. The US$15 million shore end cable laying barge is purpose-built to facilitate cable installation in water depth of up to 40 metres. OMS Chief Executive Officer, Ronnie Lim Hai Liang, said Cable Orchestra would be able to lay cables at a much higher rate than usual, installing as long as five kilometres (km) per day depending on seabed conditions.
Jakarta Globe — Jakarta. State-owned telecommunication firm Telekomunikasi Indonesia, better known as Telkom, is on track to close its acquisition of AP Teleguam Holdings, the holding company of Guam telecommunication company GTA Teleguam, this year, according to a top executive at the company. Alex J Sinaga, president director of Telkom, said that the company has completed 95 percent of the acquisition so far.
Inquirer — DAVAO CITY: The Maguindanao town of Parang has been chosen as Mindanao’s gateway under the $30-million Internet connectivity project in the East Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area (Eaga), an economic cooperation initiative involving Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP).
Vietnam Net — Afzal Abdul Rahim, CEO of TIME dotCom Berhad, said that TIME has bought 25 percent of the Vietnamese CMC Telecom in a deal worth $12 million. He said TIME, the second largest telecom group in Malaysia, has invested more than $200 million in many sea cable systems over the last five years. TIME has begun implementing its strategy on conquering the Indochina market. Local newspapers commented that it is now the golden time for TIME to join forces with CMC Telecom to provide sea cable services.
Business Wire — Global Switch, one of the leading large-scale, carrier-neutral, multi-tenanted data centre providers across Europe and Asia-Pacific has announced that customers in its Sydney data centre campus are now able to connect directly to FirstPath’s new high capacity submarine fibre optic cables which were laid across Sydney Harbour last month.
Datacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.
The Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.
PR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system – a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.
Fierce Telecom — Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales. In 2014, the service provider, in partnership with its consortium partners, began building the new submarine cable linking Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii and California.
Light Reading — SUNNYVALE, Calif.: Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that Equinix has selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its Hong Kong datacenters. The Infinera Cloud Xpress offers Equinix a platform with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.
A GIANT undersea internet cable will connect the Sunshine Coast directly with global communications systems if a proposal by the Sunshine Coast Council is successful. Mayor Mark Jamieson announced today that the council had applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority to have an offshore cable protection zone established off the Coast. The zone would enable the private sector to deliver the international submarine broadband cable from the Coast, Mr Jamieson said.