According to Reuters, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff promoted and confirmed on the EU-Brazil Summit 2014 on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia. And Brazil and the European Union have agreed the $185 million Brazil-Europe submarine cable project. Earlier this month, Telebras unveiled the plan to form a joint venture with Spain's IslaLink Submarine Cables to lay and operate a Brazil-Europe submarine cable.
Source: China Daily, Feb. 21, 2014 By Shen Jingting
China Telecom Corp Ltd, the largest fixed-line service and the third-biggest mobile network operator in China, aims to become a world leader in integrated information services by 2016.
As an increasing number of Chinese enterprises expand overseas, China Telecom hopes to play an active role in supporting them with seamless global information services, Deng Xiaofeng, chief executive officer of China Telecom Global Ltd, told a news conference in Beijing on Thursday.
According to FOX NEWS, Brazilian state-owned telecom provider Telebras announced on February 12 plans to form a joint venture with Spain's IslaLink Submarine Cables to lay and operate a Brazil-Europe submarine cable. The Brazil-Europe submarine cable project is expected to cost $185 million and be completed in 2016.
According to Bangladesh's bdnews24.com, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) have both confirmed to connect with SEA-ME-WE-5 (SMW5). SMW5 is expected to land at Kuakata in Patuakhali district in the first quarter of 2016. SMW5 will be the second submarine cable system landing in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will invest a total of US$ 70 million on SEA-ME-WE 5, of which US$ 40 million would be managed from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) as loan.
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.
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