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.
Asia One — SINGAPORE Telecommunications (Singtel) has completed the landing of the magnum 20,000 km South-east Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable at Tuas. Singapore, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of the year.
NEW STRAITS TIMES — SINGAPORE: The Southeast Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable was successfully landed by Singtel at Tuas, Singapore. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is being developed by a consortium comprising 17 global players, including Telekom Malaysia. On the Malaysian side, Telekom Malaysia landed the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable in Melaka in January this year.
Blouin News — Cambodia’s growing internet usage is about to get a big boost from China. On Wednesday, Phnom Penh signed a contract with China’s Cambodia Fiber Optic Communication Network for the firm to invest $69.7 million in building and operating high-bandwidth submarine cables and a landing station in the country’s coastal southwestern province.
Your Subsea News — The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable, to be operational in the second half of 2016, landed at the submarine cable Station of la Seyne-sur-Mer, South of France. This new 20,000 km-long fiber optic cable will connect France to Singapore, serving 17 countries: Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Djibouti , Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Yemen.
Telecom Paper — Djibouti Telecom has completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system in Haramous, achieving its primary goal of turning Djibouti into a major regional and global hub for telecommunication. SEA-ME-WE 5 has a total length of 20,000 km and connects 17 countries across South-East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, including France, Saudi Arabia, India and Malaysia.
Manila Bulletine — The Asia-Africa-Europe cable system (AAE-1) cable landed in Myanmar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, according to China Unicom, the landing party in Myanmar for the cable. The Chinese carrier is in charge of building the new cable landing station in Ngwe Saung, Myanmar.
Phnompenh Post — The government has contracted the private sector to build a third submarine communications cable linking Cambodia to a major international telecommunications artery in a bid to significantly increase internet speed while helping to bring down prices.
The Register — Telstra has confirmed to The Register that something is amiss. In a statement from a spokesperson, the company said: “Telstra operates several subsea cables connecting to Singapore and we are experiencing some disruption to normal services in the region due to cable damage. We are taking steps to re-route traffic to minimise the impact on our customers while we undertake repairs. We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers.” The Register can confirm that Linode’s speed-test for Singapore is running far slower than for its US sites.
Tuoitre News — The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system will begin three days of maintenance on Friday, a representative from Vietnam’s SPT Telecom firm said Tuesday. Internet speed for users in Vietnam is therefore expected to slow down, especially when they use services or websites hosted overseas such as Facebook and Google.
Telecom Paper — The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable, due to be operational in the second half, has landed today at the submarine cable station of La Seyne-sur-Mer, near Toulon in southern France. The 20,000 km fibre cable will connect France to Singapore, serving fifteen countries along the way. These are Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djibouti, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
ZDNet — Asia-Pacific fibre infrastructure company Superloop has recorded a net loss of AU$3.98 million for the first half of the 2016 financial year on revenue of AU$1.94 million. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) was negative AU$3.51 million. Operating expenses amounted to AU$3.9 million, with AU$2 million of this arising from employee expenses and AU$1.1 million from professional services.