Daily Times — ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, a country with around 18 per cent of Internet penetration and its geographical location, has a lot to offer to landlocked Central Asian states with crucial bandwidth access, which can turn Pakistan into regional connectivity hub for the entire region, says a report.
CBC — The project to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut via a cable running along the Northwest Passage will go ahead as planned despite a recent takeover by an American company, says Michael Cunningham, CEO of Arctic Fibre. The Toronto-based company planned to build a nearly 16,000 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Asia to Europe.
Datacenter Dynamics — Australian telco Telstra has announced several initiatives that it says will extends its network services in Asia and offer more choice for customers. The new Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system will interconnect Telstra’s networks in Southeast Asia and North Asia through to India and the Middle East. An additional route between Asia and the Americas with the FASTER cable system should also be opened this summer.
Business Wire — Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that it will upgrade the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable System with 100gigabit per second (Gbps) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) based on a contract signed on October 4, 2015, thereby increasing the transmission capacity to 5.6Tbps.
Tech Vibes — Quintillion Subsea Holdings has acquired the assets of Toronto’s Arctic Fibre, a fibre optic telecommunications company. The acquisition is part of a plan to build a submarine fibre optic cable from Asia to Europe with the first phase in Alaska. Quintillion will build, own and operate the network.
Trade Arabia — Omantel, a leading telecom of Oman and Multinet Pakistan, a leading domestic and international carrier in Pakistan, and Xtera Communications, a leader in optical transport solutions, have signed a turnkey supply agreement for the new subsea cable system Silk Route Gateway 1 (SRG-1), a report said.
Adding more diversity and capacity to the communication traffic on the route between Asia and Europe, Omantel successfully laid the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system in Marseille, France.
In March, the Hawaiki cable project announced its contract with TE Subcom had come into force. They had raised the necessary funds to kick off the construction phase, and yesterday we learned where some of those funds came from.
GLOBE NEWSWIRE — Multinet Pakistan, the leading domestic and international carrier in Pakistan, Omantel, the national operator of Oman and one of the largest wholesale carriers in the Middle East, and Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading provider of high-capacity, cost-effective optical transport solutions, today announced the signing of the turnkey supply agreement for the new subsea cable system Silk Route Gateway 1 (SRG-1).
ZDNet — Telstra has announced that it will be building a fibre overland route between Taiwan and Hong Kong, a fibre ring network in South Korea, and a submarine cable connecting its networks in Asia to India and the Middle East, as well as securing capacity on a new cable system connecting Asia with the United States.
Nikkei — HO CHI MINH CITY — Vietnam’s leading IT group FPT revealed it has made a $10 million investment in the Asia-Pacific Gateway submarine cable project, which is scheduled to be operational this year. The underwater cable communication network will connect countries in the region including Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand.
Phil Star — MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Inc. is on track to complete its cable landing station in Davao which forms part of the $250-million Southeast Asia-US (SEA-US) submarine cable system being constructed to address the growing use of Internet services. Globe chief commercial officer Albert de Larrazabal told reporters work on SEA-US submarine cable system is ongoing.
My Broadband — Growing trade between Africa and Asia has prompted talk of a new mega subsea broadband cable along Africa’s eastern coastline, says Hong Kong ICT firm PCCW. Last week, PCCW said it along with Telkom, MTN , Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Telecom Egypt (TE) signed a memorandum of understanding to build Africa-1.
Business Standard — Reliance Jio on Monday announced that the Bay of Bengal Gateway’s subsea cable network spread over 8,100 km was operational. The network has been built by six telcos to handle high bandwidth demands of emerging technologies and applications. The system is a direct trunk connection between Barka in Oman and Penang in Malaysia.
Telecom Paper — Oman operator Omantel announced the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000km, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.
Times of Oman — Muscat: Oman Telecommunications (Omantel), the Sultanate’s leading telecommunications provider on Wednesday announced the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000km, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first unique cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.
Developing Telecoms — Five operators spanning Africa, the Middle East and South Central Asia will construct a new 17,000 km submarine cable system connecting the three regions. The operators signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa, with further carriers expected to join the consortium.
Telecom Asia — The Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) consortium has announced the launch of the 8,100km cable system linking Southeast Asia with the Middle East. The 100Gbps BBG cable connects Malaysia with Oman, with landing points in India, Sri Lanka and the UAE. Consortium members include India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm, Malaysia’s Dialog Axiata, Telekom Malaysia, Vodafone, the UAE’s Etisalat and Omantel.
Trade Arabia — MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have partnered to construct a new submarine cable system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central Asia. The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.
Business World — “If we include the Davao construction, that adds up to the investments. The $80 million pertains only to the SEA-US system per se,” Globe Senior Vice-President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto said in a mobile phone reply yesterday, but declined to disclose figures. The SEA-US submarine cable system will link Davao; Manado in Indonesia; Piti in Guam; Honolulu; and Los Angeles.
Channel Life — A new Perth to Singapore submarine cable link is expected to bolster capacity and add redundancy as demand for international connectivity continues to rise. The new cable is being deployed by Bevan Slattery’s SubPartners, Singtel and Telstra. The new APX-West submarine cable, which is expected to begin construction by the end of July and be completed in 2018, is expected to provide redundancy and take some of the strain off the SEA-ME-WE 3 cable.
Asia One — Singapore – Singtel, SubPartners, and Telstra on Thursday said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new international submarine cable, called APX-West, connecting Perth and Singapore. The new APX-West submarine cable is expected to begin construction by the end of July and is scheduled to be completed in 2018. Once completed, the new submarine cable will span more than 4,500 kilometres carrying traffic between Australia and Singapore.
IR News — Australian and New Zealand network providers will have an alternative to the Southern Cross Cable System for connections to the Pacific Islands and the United States, after Hawaiki Cable announced its link will finally be built. The 14,000 kilometre cable is expected to cost around A$452 million to complete, spanning Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Oregon in the United States, with spurs to the Pacific Islands.
IT News — Submarine cable builder SubPartners has switched to a consortium model for its Perth to Singapore subsea cable system and partnered with Telstra and SingTel to finally get the long-running project off the ground. The APX-West project has been in motion for the past three years. In 2013, Telstra signed its first non-binding memorandum of understanding to buy one of four planned fibre pairs on the cable system.
Datacenter Dynamics — Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) has announced that it has completed the landing of the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable in Singapore, in the western part of the island at Tuas. Projected to be go live later this year, the 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 connects Singapore to France via Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Erimates, Djibuti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Italy.
ZDNet — Telstra, Singtel, and SubPartners have entered a memorandum of understanding to construct a high-capacity Perth to Singapore subsea cable. The cable, named APX-West, will be 4,500km long, with two fibre pairs providing a minimum of 10 Terabits per second capacity each pair and two-way data transmission. It will replace the slower-speed SEA-ME-WE 3 (SMW3) cable, which currently carries data traffic between the two countries.
Times of Oman — Muscat: Omantel, the Sultanate’s leading provider of integrated telecommunication services, has joined in a consortium with several East African telecommunications providers to lay the Gulf to Africa (G2A) undersea fibre-optic cable, which is set to revolutionise connectivity from Oman to East Africa, including Ethiopia and Somalia.
Geek Wire — Two companies have created a new, direct data connection between North America and Asia. And the U.S. terminus is an 86-acre facility, just outside of Seattle near the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Wave Broadband, a gigabit fiber and broadband services company based in Kirkland, Wash., and Centeris, an infrastructure provider for IT and networking systems with data centers in Seattle and Boise, have partnered to create what they call the first transpacific broadband data and fiber hub.
Telecom Paper— Cinia, a Finland-based designer, builder, and operator of connectivity and ICT services, has selected Huawei as one of the platforms that will connect the European data hubs via C-Lion sea cable connection with the network and service providers in China and other Eastern markets.
Datacenter Knowledge — As American technology companies expand their business in Asian markets, and as their Asian counterparts tackle markets in the US, demand for high-speed connectivity across the Pacific is skyrocketing. New cross-Pacific submarine cable systems are due to come online in the near future to address that demand.