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.
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.
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- Consortium Inks MOU for New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable System
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- China Promotes Eurasia Network Integration
- Broadband China Strategy Calls for Huge International Capacity
- China to Boost Information Consumption
- China Unveils Broadband Strategy and Implementation Plan
- SEA-ME-WE 3 Cable Cut Disrupted Myanmar Internet
- MPT, China Unicom Plan International Cable to Boost Internet Connectivity
- Huawei Marine and Globe Telecom Completes the Boracay and Palawan Submarine Cable System
- Southern Cross Completes 100G Upgrade with Ciena's Solution
- PC-1 Runs with 100G per Wavelength
- Myanmar to Boost International Telecommunications Capacity
- SJC Cable Ready for Service
- China Unicom Unveils AAE-1 Cable