No doubt, Chinese are now leading the submarine cable industry. Chinese chair in several important submarine cable systems across the Pacific or connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, including APG, AAE-1, SMW5, NCP, Faster Cable, no matter under constructing or in planning. There are skeptical and anxious voices, some even think it as a threat. With my perspective and research, I consider it as a natural achievement of the development of the submarine cable industry, natural power of economy, natural power of market.
Though AAE-1 consortium has signed the C&MA and press announcements have been released by several consortium members, it is hard to catch a clear information about the AAE-1 cable project. It is said the AAE-1 consortium consists of 17 parties, but only 13 parties showed up on the AAE-1 C&MA signing ceremony, none of the press announcements mentioned the whole list of the 17 parties, and the AAE-1 cable map has not been officially released yet. I digged out the whole list of the 17 AAE-1 consortium members in another article. In this article, I try to collect AAE-1 cable maps in different phases.
According to PCCW Global news, AAE-1 consortium signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement for Asia-Africa-Eruope 1 submarine cable system (AAE-1 C&MA) in Hong Kong on January 27, 2014. The AAE-1 consortium consists of 17 carriers, including British Telecom, China Unicom, Chuan Wei, Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, HKT (PCCW Global), Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, PTCL, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Yemen, Vittel, OTEG, Reliance Jio, Time.com, TOT. Though the last four parties didn't show up in the AAE-1 C&MA singing ceremony in Hong Kong, according to Sunil Tagare's article and my information, the four companies should be AAE-1 landing parties in Greece, India, Malaysia and Thailand respectively.
Vietnam Internet restored to normal after the AAG cable repaired on January 6. The latest AAG cable outage occurred off Vietnam coast near the Vung Tau Cable Landing Station on Dec 20, 2013 and some 60 percent of the Vietnam Internet traffic, according to FPT Telecom. There was moderate saying that the AAG cable outage affected only about 40 percent of Vietnam's international Internet traffic. Anyway, Vietnam Internet was disrupted by the AAG cable outage.
Submarine Cable Networks amazingly ranked 75.278 in Vietnam in this year beginning, an unbelievable high rank by Alexa.com. What is the matter? It perhaps owes to the recently AAG cable outage off Vietnam coast. While Vietnamese suffered the disrrupted and slower internet due to AAG cable outage, they were keen on information about AAG cable and searched more for AAG cable on Google, and rocketed the Alexa rank of Submarine Cable Networks.
Today, the first working day in 2014, it is a wonderful day. The professional Linkedin group on submarine cable industry, 01 The Submarine Cable Systems group, reached 20,000 members, the default maximum size of a given Linkedin Group. Cheer, we all contribute to the 20000-member group, 01 The Submarine Cable Systems group, the best social networking for professionals in submarine cable industry worldwide.
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