China Unicom leads several Chinese carriers launching today the Taiwan Strait Express 1 (TSE-1) submarine cable, the first communication cable directly connecting Taiwan Island and Mainland China, linking Tanshui and Fuzhou across the Taiwan Strait with a 270 km cable. China Mobile, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile (TFN), and Far EasTone Telecommunications (NCIC), and Taiwan International Gateway(TIGC) are the other members of the TSE-1 consortium. China Telecom has not confirmed to invest in the TSE-1 cable yet.
Following the first edition of the Top Stories on Submarine Cable Networks, I'd like to share herein its second edition, the top stories of 2012 on Submarine Cable Networks.
1. No disaster, a rather healthy year.
In 2012, global submarine cable networks run rather healthy.
Unlike in the former years, such as Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Taiwan earthquake and typhoon Morakot in 2009, cable cuts in the Mediterranean affected 14 countries in 2008, and Taiwan Hengchun earthquake in 2006, there were disasters and accidents resulted in regional and even global impacts to submarine cable networks and global traffic. Although there were cable cuts from time to time in 2012, the whole submarine cable networks kept rather healthy and resilient.
No disaster, no story, this is the best story of the year 2012 on submarine cable networks.
There are several exciting achievements in the submarine cable industry in 2012, such as:
- NTT launched ASE new generation pan-Asia cable in August,
- Hibernia Atlantic completed the first 100G transatlantic trial,
- The Seabras-1 is going to connect the US and Brazil,
- The Arctic Fibre and the Russian Optical Trans Arctic Submarine Cable System (ROTACS) are going to run across Arctic, and
- The WASACE is going to link Africa, South America, North America and Europe.
With my observation, the most exciting one, and the best of the best goes to
According to a study published in the November 2012 issue of Submarine Telecoms Forum magazine, Xtera leads in submarine cable network upgrades in 2012 with 35% of market shares, Infinera takes the second, and Ciena seats the third. And it also shows in the study that 100G upgrades is now dominated in the market.
Ciena announced on November 27, 2012 that Reliance Globalcom has selected Ciena’s market-leading WaveLogic™ coherent optical 100G networking solutions to upgrade its FLAG Europe-Asia (FEA) submarine network over a route that connects Egypt and Jordan. This shows a strongthened partnership between Reliance Global and Ciena which has delivered the world's first 40G longhual submarine network for the former's pan-Asia FNAL network upgrade, strongthens Ciena's position on 100G network solutions for the upgrde of submarine cable networks.
Prices for wholesale IP transit services continued to decline globally over the last few years.
TeleGeography has identified that GigE ports declined at a compounded annual rate of 34% in London, 28% in New York, 26% in Hong Kong and 20% in São Paulo between Q2 2009 and Q2 2012.
Although prices have declined globally, significant geographic differences remain. TeleGeography notes that the median GigE price in Hong Kong has remained 2.7 to 5.1 times the price of a GigE port in London over the past three years.
Similarly, the price of a GigE port in São Paulo has remained between 5.2 and 8.2 times the price of a comparable port in New York.
- Capacity Magazine's Interview to Chris Wood, WIOCC: Lion's share of Africa's market
- Insight on Alcatel-Lucent's Plan to Sell Submarine Cable Business
- Pacific Fibre Ceased Operation
- Chunghwa Telecom to Launch First Cable Linking Taiwan and Mainland China
- China Mobile to Build APG Cable Landing Station in Hong Kong
- NTT Com to Launch ASE Cable in August
- Seaborn Networks to Offer Direct Route Between New York City and Sao Paulo
- Reliance Globalcom Announces 10G LAN PHY Services Globally
- Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub
- Facebook Invests in APG Cable
- Global Transit Replaces TM to Land APG Cable in Malaysia
- China Authority Finally Approves APG Cable Landing
- GBI Crosses the Mediterranean with the First 100G Repeatered Submarine Link from Xtera
- One-Year On, the Road Ahead Long
- A New Subsea Cable to Connect Australia with Singapore and Indonesia
- Trans-Tasman Optikor Network Finalizes Survey Agreement
- Hibernia Atlantic Trials the First 100G Transatlantic
- Southern Cross Announces Price Reduction
- PCCW Global Partners with Ciena to Upgrade RNAL with 100G Solutions
- Top Stories of 2011 on Submarine Cable Networks