Ooredoo launches global submarine cable in Qatar

QatarA new Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has been launched by telecom company Ooredoo, linking the major internet hubs of the three continents to Qatar. The 25,000km submarine cable is the third longest and one of the highest capacity systems under deployment on a global scale, according to The Peninsula.

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-40054-ooredoo-launches-global-submarine-cable-in-qatar/

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

 http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

Vietnam’s Internet to be affected by pan-Asia submarine cable cut

VietnamVietnam Net — This incident occurred shortly after the maintenance of the Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable route (connecting Vietnam with Hong Kong and the US). Viettel said this cable route was broken on June 27, coinciding with the maintenance of AAG but until July 12 it will be repaired. The broken point is 45km from the landing station in Singapore.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/160208/vietnam-s-internet-to-be-affected-by-pan-asia-submarine-cable-cut.html

Google-Backed Undersea Cable to Offer Faster Internet to Asia-Pacific Region

APACNews 18 — Washington: An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service this week, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-kilometer) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and Asia.

http://www.news18.com/news/tech/google-backed-undersea-cable-to-offer-faster-internet-to-asia-pacific-region-1265086.html

FASTER consortium launches trans-Pacific subsea cable

APACTelecom Asia — The FASTER consortium has announced the launch of its new trans-Pacific subsea cable system. Construction of the 9,000km system linking Japan and the west coast of the US has been completed an the cable is starting service today. The six FASTER consortium members are Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI and Google.

http://www.telecomasia.net/content/faster-consortium-launches-trans-pacific-subsea-cable

Google Just Plugged Into Japan With Its Own Undersea Cable

APACWired — This week, a new undersea fiber-optic cable funded by Google and a consortium of Asian telecommunications companies went online. Dubbed Faster, the cable stretches about 5,600 miles from Oregon to two landing points in Japan. It’s the fastest, highest capacity trans-Pacific undersea cable ever built. It can theoretically deliver as much as 60 terabits per second of bandwidth—more than half the total bandwidth available between the U.S West Coast and Asia at the end of 2015, according to telecommunications consulting firm Telegeography.

http://www.wired.com/2016/06/google-turns-giant-internet-cable/

AAE-1 undersea cable to operate in Vietnam this year

VietnamVietnam Net — Last May, the contractor NEC successfully connected the undersea cable AAE-1 to the southern city of Vung Tau, with the support of local networks. According to the plan, the project AAE-1 undersea cable will be completed and put into use by the end of 2016.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/159438/aae-1-undersea-cable-to-operate-in-vietnam-this-year.html

Facebook, Microsoft And The Cloud Under The Sea

APACForbes — Cloud computing is vital to the growth of Facebook and Microsoft . So recently they announced they’re teaming up to build a 4,100 mile, transatlantic underwater cable between Europe and U.S. eastern seaboard. You probably think of cloud computing as space-age, cutting edge. The idea that in this day and age powerful data centers are still linked by miles of bulky cable seems anathema. Yet these cables are vital.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmarkman/2016/06/13/facebook-microsoft-and-the-cloud-under-the-sea/#58e917c7e135

AAG submarine cable under maintenance, Internet in Vietnam to be slow for 6 days

VietnamVietnam Net — According to this source, the AAG cable maintenance unit will have to reconfigure the source system and weld the optical cable of the segments connecting Vietnam to Hong Kong and America. The segment between Vietnam and Hong Kong will be welded from June 22 to 27. Then this segment will be interrupted from communications and the source configuration will resume operation on June 28.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/159234/aag-submarine-cable-under-maintenance–internet-in-vietnam-to-be-slow-for-6-days.html

Ooredoo completes landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system

Qataralbawaba — Marking a major step towards the completion of a technological and global communications breakthrough, Ooredoo became the only operator in the Sultanate to conclude the landing of the Southeast-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system.

http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/ooredoo-completes-landing-sea-me-we-5-submarine-cable-system-853936

CAT, Tata to sign MoU for submarine cable partnership

ThailandNation Multimedia — CAT Telecom and Indian telecom giant Tata Communications will sign a memorandum of understanding for a submarine cable partnership today. This is part of the government’s plan to seek more strategic partners in the telecom industry during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s three-day visit to India that ends tomorrow.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/CAT-Tata-to-sign-MoU-for-submarine-cable-partnersh-30288354.html

Vietnam’s Internet to slow down for six days

VietnamTuoi Tre News — Internet users in Vietnam are advised to be ready to suffer nearly six days of snail-paced connection speed from Wednesday, as the submarine cable system crucial to Vietnam’s Internet connectivity enters its infamous maintenance. The Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable system will be maintained from 11:00 pm on June 22 to June 27, tech newswire ICTNewsreported on Saturday, citing a trusted source.

http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/35423/vietnams-internet-to-slow-down-for-six-days

KT opens undersea network center in Busan

KoreaKorea Times — KT has opened an undersea network control tower in Busan, amid the growing importance of managing cross-border data flow. The Submarine Network Operation Center (SNOC) will be used as a key facility to control timely and stable bulk data transfers in such areas as ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcasting, data roaming and the fifth-generation (5G) network systems, according to KT, Thursday.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2016/06/133_207172.html

Omantel confirms landing of submarine cable system

APACTimes of Oman — Muscat: Oman Telecommucations Company (Omantel) celebrated the milestone landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system in Oman at a ceremony on Monday in the Al Bustan area of Muscat. The third longest submarine cable in the world spanning approximately 25,000 kilometres, the AAE-1 is one of the first unique cable systems to connect 18 countries across Asia, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.

http://timesofoman.com/article/85613/Business/Asia-Africa-Europe-1-submarine-cable-system-lands-in-Muscat

Microsoft and Facebook to build new sub-sea cable: 6 interesting facts about undersea Internet cables

APACStraits Times — On Thursday (May 26), Microsoft and Facebook announced that they will be building a high-speed Internet sub-sea cable that will connect the United States and southern Europe across the Atlantic, in order to meet growing demands for faster and more reliable services. Microsoft’s cloud services such as Skype, Xbox Live, Office 365, search engine Bing and its cloud computing platform Azure will benefit from the construction of this cable.

http://www.straitstimes.com/tech/microsoft-and-facebook-to-build-new-sub-sea-cable-6-interesting-facts-about-undersea-internet

Telefonica, Microsoft and Facebook’s 6,600km fibre optic cable from USA to Spain

APACBusiness Review Europe — Microsoft and Facebook have announced an agreement to build a new, state-of-the-art subsea cable across the Atlantic, connecting America to Spain. The new “MAREA” cable will help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.

http://www.businessrevieweurope.eu/technology/872/Telefonica-Microsoft-and-Facebook’s-6600km-fibre-optic-cable-from-USA-to-Spain

Microsoft and Facebook laying undersea internet cable together

APACChina Post — SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced they will work together to lay a high-speed internet cable across the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A new, sub-sea “MAREA” cable was expected to be completed by late 2017, with the aim of meeting growing demand by the tech companies’ customers for fast, reliable data connections.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/company-focus/2016/05/28/467514/Microsoft-and.htm

Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic

APACThe Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/26/11787822/facebook-microsoft-marea-internet-cable-atlantic-ocean

Pakistan has a lot to offer to Central Asian states, says report

PakistanDaily 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.

http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/23-May-16/pakistan-has-a-lot-to-offer-to-central-asian-states-says-report

Arctic Fibre says takeover by Alaskan company won’t affect plans for Nunavut broadband

APACCBC — 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.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/arctic-fibre-optic-internet-sale-quintillion-1.3591825

Telstra expands network in Asia

AustraliaDatacenter 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.

http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/core-edge/telstra-expands-network-in-asia/96218.article

Mitsubishi Electric to Upgrade IMEWE Cable System

JapanBusiness 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.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160518006643/en/Mitsubishi-Electric-Upgrade-IMEWE-Cable-System

Quintillion Networks Acquires Arctic Fibre to Build Submarine Cable from Asia to Europe

APACTech 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.

http://www.techvibes.com/blog/arctic-fibre-2016-05-19

Omantel inks deal for supply of subsea cable system

PakistanTrade 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.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_306859.html

Omantel becomes the first GCC telecommunication provider to lay submarine cable system in Europe

APACAdding 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.

http://gulfnewsjournal.com/stories/510723941-omantel-becomes-the-first-gcc-telecommunication-provider-to-lay-submarine-cable-system-in-europe

SRG-1 Consortium Selected Xtera for Building a New Subsea Cable System across the Gulf of Oman

PakistanGLOBE 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).

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/05/11/838679/0/en/SRG-1-Consortium-Selected-Xtera-for-Building-a-New-Subsea-Cable-System-across-the-Gulf-of-Oman.html

Telstra building more fibre, subsea cables across Asia-Pacific

AustraliaZDNet — 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.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-building-more-fibre-subsea-cables-across-asia-pacific/

Vietnam’s FPT invests $10 million in submarine cable project

VietnamNikkei — 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.

http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/AC/Vietnam-s-FPT-invests-10-million-in-submarine-cable-project

Globe on track to complete Davao cable landing station

PhilippinesPhil 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.

http://www.philstar.com/business/2016/05/04/1579484/globe-track-complete-davao-cable-landing-station